WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Parents can play a significant role
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Communication

​LIFE SKILLS

Bullying Is a Big Problem

 

Every day thousands of teens wake up afraid to go to school. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students, and it has everyone worried, not just the kids on its receiving end. Yet because parents, teachers, and other adults don't always see it, they may not understand how extreme bullying can get.

One of the most painful aspects of bullying is that it is relentless. Most people can take one episode of teasing or name calling or being shunned at the mall. However, when it goes on and on, bullying can put a person in a state of constant fear

Bullying is when a person is picked on over and over again by an individual or group with more power, either in terms of physical strength or social standing.

What Can You Do?:

Ignore The Bully and Walk Away.

Practice Confidence

It's definitely not a coward's response — sometimes it can be harder than losing your temper. Bullies thrive on the reaction they get, and if you walk away or ignore hurtful emails or instant messages, you're telling the bully that you just don't care. Sooner or later the bully will probably get bored with trying to bother you. Walk tall and hold your head high. Using this type of body language sends a message that you're not vulnerable.

Practice ways to respond to the bully verbally or through your behavior. Practice feeling good about yourself (even if you have to fake it at first).

Talk About It

It may help to talk to a guidance counselor, teacher, or friend — anyone who can give you the support you need. Talking can be a good outlet for the fears and frustrations that can build when you're being bullied.

Hold The Anger

Who doesn't want to get really upset with a bully? But that's exactly the response he or she is trying to get. Bullies want to know they have control over your emotions. If you're in a situation where you have to deal with a bully and you can't walk away with poise, use humor — it can throw the bully off guard. Work out your anger in another way, such as through exercise or writing it down (make sure you tear up any letters or notes you write in anger).

Mental health counseling

We must try, we must do something. Nothing short than the lives of our children — our future — are at stake

First and foremost, I urge parents to communicate with your kids and teens. Don’t interrogate. Rather than asking your children if they are being bullied, let them know that you are aware that bullying does occur and that if they or other kids in their school are being victimized, they should come to you at any time. If your child does tell you he or she is being bullied, calmly tell them how much you love them. Assure them it is not their fault, and discuss together how best to handle the situation. Empower your kids and teens to stand up to bullying, with a comeback and then to walk away. By doing so, you are teaching them to do what they can to take away the bully’s power, rather than the bully taking away theirs. Of course, try to get to know who your child’s friends are, what online sites your kids visit and watch for sudden changes in your child’s behavior. And if you think your child may be a bully, don’t take the stance of “Not my kid.” Get your child behavior management therapy; if they have mental health issues, get help for them before it’s too late.

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Educate

Educate kids and teens about bullying, and teach them empathy and coping skills. This begins at home and must be continued in school. We also need to encourage them to tell their parents when bullying occurs, despite the fact that most children don’t talk about it. They sit in fear in fear and silence.

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Safe School

In order to be successful in school and in life, kids need to feel safe both physically and emotionally. Schools should be a safe space for all kids and teens. To be so, schools need to regularly schedule anti-bullying programs and incorporate bullying prevention themes into the curriculum. They should have bullying incident reports and a teacher/faculty committee that works closely with students and with safe school and community parent led committees. They should also encourage peer mentoring groups and allow students to create a safe, no bullying community in their buildings, on and off their campuses and online.

© 2018 by UR Never Alone
 

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