You have the power to help stop bullying.
Bullying won’t stop unless we all stop looking the other way, and get involved. You don’t have to be a superhero. Just doing something, anything can go a long way to help end bullying.
This is unacceptable. Continue below to change the culture and help put an end to bullying.
Learn the five steps to help identify and prevent bullying
Let's change the culture and help put an end to bullying.
Bullying is repeated, unwanted, hurtful behavior, where a person or group is stronger or holds some sort of power over ther person being bullied. This behavior is physical, pyschological, social, or educational and inflicts harm or distress on the target.
Types of behavior
- Holding Down
- Taking or Breaking Belongings
- Excluding from Activities
Types of power
- More Money
- More Friends
- Higher Position
Signs a child is being bullied
- Unexplainable injuries
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
Signs a child is bullying others
- Get into physical or verbal fights
- Have friends who bully others
- Are increasingly aggressive
- Get sent to the principal's office or detention frequently
- Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
What kids can do when they see bullying
- Don’t join in or watch bullying
- Stop any rumors
- Stand up for the person
- Tell an adult
- Encourage the bullied person to talk to an adult
- Offer support
What adults can do when they see bullying
- Intervene immediately. It is okay to get another adult to help.
- Separate the kids involved.
- Make sure everyone is safe.
- Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
- Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders.
- Model respectful behavior when you intervene.
How to talk about bullying
- Help kids understand bullying. Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Tell kids bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.
- Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns.
- Encourage kids to do what they love. Special activities, interests, and hobbies can boost confidence, help kids make friends, and protect them from bullying behavior.
- Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.
Questions to ask your kid about bullying
- What does "bullying" mean to you?
- Describe what kids who bully are like. Why do you think people bully?
- Who are the adults you trust most when it comes to things like bullying?
- Have you ever felt scared to go to school because you were afraid of bullying? What ways have you tried to change it?
- What do you think parents can do to help stop bullying?