Raise your hand if you have been bullied at some point in your life. If you can read this, I expect you are raising your hand. It doesn’t matter what age, gender, skin color, native language, etc. It’s a natural reaction when we are not taught to behave otherwise. Typically bullying is a reaction to stress (www.bullying.org). And who is not stressed at some point in their life?
The number of groups and news reports about bullying gives me hope that we will soon have the tools to stop the bullying behavior. Dateline even did an episode secretly watching kids to see if they will participate in bullying. Ways people are stopping Bullying behavior:
- Strategies for Success includes statistics on improvements for kids using these strategies.
- Review the Challenge at thebullyproject.startempathy.org
- Maisie Miller, a high school student in Massachusetts, teamed up with students to stop the bullying behavior. And asks that people do not retaliate as that would just continue the cycle.
- Southern Poverty Law Center organizes their discussions around the topic of the bullying.
- WebMD discusses ideas to stop bullying for boys and girls.
- Kids have created ideas such as this website for Comic Strips to stop bullying.
- Or review these 8 Kid Power skills
- More ideas from kids at Pacer’s site National Bullying Prevention Center
What if your child is the bully?
- Warning Signs to look for that your child might be a bully.
- Why kids bully on Education.com
- Signs that your child is being bullies, or is a bully on GreatSchools.org
Thanks to RaisingAwareness for your post and reminding me to complete this post.