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