STOP CYBER BULLYING ON THE SPOT:
When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.
Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.
Teach kids how to identify bullying and how to stand up to it safely.
Some Tips To Teach:
1.Question the bullying behavior. Simple things like changing the subject or questioning the behavior can shift the focus.
2.Use humor to say something funny and redirect the conversation.
Someone who takes action when they witness bullying can make a big difference for someone who is being bullied. When youth who are bullied are defended and supported by their peers, they are less anxious and depressed than those who are not.
There are many things witnesses to bullying can do:
- There is strength in numbers! Witnesses can intervene as a group to show there are several people who don’t agree with the bullying.
- Walk with the person who is the target of bullying to help diffuse potential bullying interactions.
- Reach out privately to check in with the person who was bullied to let them know you do not agree with it and that you care. It makes a difference.
When we stand up to bullying it helps the targets of bullying and also shows other students, bystanders how to take action to prevent or address bullying.