Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention

Some bullying-related facts:

* 1 in 5 teens in grades 9-12 have experienced bullying at school.

* Bullied teens may suffer physical injuries, loneliness, low self-esteem and may develop mental health problems such as anxiety or depression.

* These issues can lead to trouble sleeping, lower grades, self-harm, e.g. cutting

* 7 in 10 teens say they have seen bullying take place in their schools.

*Bullying can be physical such as hitting or kicking; verbal like saying or writing mean things; social/emotional (attacking one's reputation or ostracism) & cyber via texts or social media.

* If you are a witness to bullying, here are some ways YOU can help the victim:

  1. Be supportive: offer a kind word or act to someone who is bullied.
  2. Be inclusive: Invite everyone to join in so no one feels left out.
  3. Reach out: Touch base with the victim to check if they are O.K.
  4. Console them: "You didn't deserve that. What can I do to help?"
  5. Offer a way out: Invite him or her to walk with you to class, etc.
  6. Tell trusted adults: Offer to go with victim to an adult to explain.
  7. Speak up: If it's safe & you feel comfortable, tell the bully to stop!
  8. Don't be an audience: Don't encourage by laughing or watching.
  9. Talk to your parents: Keep parents in the loop to serve as back-up.

* # of bullying cases actually reported to an adult = less than 1 in 3 :-(

Resources for parents: http://www.scholastic.com/banishbullying/parents/