National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month is a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. For parents and teachers, it is especially important to be able to recognize signs that a child is being bullied. These include withdrawn behavior, expressing fear of school and/or particular peers, drop in academic performance, decline in self-esteem, and bruises, scrapes or other marks.

Review the following strategies with your children to help them prevent or manage situations involving bullying:

1)     Walk Away

Walk away from the situation so the bully does not see you upset. If you see a classmate being bullied, you can interrupt it and walk away with them.

2)     Stand Up To The Bully

This does not mean trying to fight the bully in any way or to bully them back. That can make the bullying worse and have other bad consequences for you. Instead, stand up for yourself or others by calmly and confidently talking to the bully. Ask them why they are bullying you or others.

3)     Practice Makes Perfect

When people are bullied or witness bullying, they can feel sad, angry, embarrassed, and scared. This can make it hard to come up with a way to handle the situation when it happens. Practice what to say and do with family and friends beforehand so that you feel prepared and more confident.

4)     ALWAYS Tell An Adult

Always make an adult aware of the situation. They will have great advice to give and it is important to make sure someone is aware of what is going on in case it gets worse. People you can talk to include family members, teachers, guidance counselors, monitors, and your principal. If you are nervous to talk to someone, bring along a friend you trust who can help you explain what is happening. It is important to tell an adult if you witness bullying too.

5)     Be Aware of How You Treat Others

Be sure to treat all people with kindness and respect. Before you say or do anything ask yourself how it will make others feel. Avoid excluding people, name calling, teasing, or gossiping. Apologize if you think you may have accidentally hurt someone’s feelings.

6)     Protect Yourself From Cyber Bullying Too

Bullying does not always happen in person. Cyber bullying happens online or through text messages. You can protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Think about what you post. Any words, videos, or images can be saved,  forwarded, shared, or reposted by others.
  • Do not post or share anything that could hurt or embarrass anyone.
  • Let your parents have your passwords but do NOT share passwords with friends.
  • Have your parents help you put privacy settings on anything you post. Remember to not give out any important information (address, phone number, etc.) online.  
  • Make sure your parents always know what you are doing online and who you are talking to.  Follow their internet rules. They care about you and want you to be safe.
  • Talk to an adult you trust about any messages or things you see online that make you sad, scared, or uncomfortable.

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