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How to deal with bullying

January 26, 2012

Everyone has the right to feel safe in their community, on their school campus or at work.  If you see someone being bullied, know that you have the power to stop it. It isn’t always easy to stand up against the crowd, but that it is what it will to take to put a stop to bullying. In my previous articles we have covered that bullying is still an issue and the forms and signs of bullying. In this week’s article we will go over what to do if someone is being bulled and some of the lasting effects it could have.

Knowing what to do when someone is being bullied is hard but you have to take a stand and do not join in. It is also important that you do not stand around watching someone being bullied either.  If you feel safe, tell the person to stop.  Make it clear that you do not support what is going on.   Also make sure to give the person being bullied your support and let them know you are there to help them.

One thing that most kids, and adults alike, forget to do is to talk to an someone you trust about it. Reach out to someone you trust to discuss the problem, especially if you feel the person being bullied may be at risk of serious harm to themselves or others. Your silence isn’t worth someone’s life.

Working to prevent bullying is something that takes everyone and is less likely to occur when there are strong messages against it. You can work with your campus, community, or other groups to create and support these messages by: Getting involved with your community and around campus to find ways to prevent bullying., Creating an assembly, performance, or event to spread the message; Teaching others that bullying is not okay and that they can stop bullying before it begins.

What should you do if bullying continues or gets worse? If the bullying gets worse and you need additional help, consider the following if:  If someone is at immediate risk of harm because of bullying call the police 911! If your child is feeling suicidal because of bullying contact the suicide prevention hotline IMMEDIATELY at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If your child’s teacher is not keeping your child safe from being bullied, contact local school administrator (principal or superintendent).

If your school is not keeping your child safe from being bullied, contact the State School Department. If your child is sick, stressed, not sleeping, or is having other problems because of bullying, contact your counselor or other health professional. And if your child is bullied because of their race, ethnicity, or disability and local help is not working to solve the problem, contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office on Civil Rights.

Make sure you set aside time to talk to your children about bullying, whither they are involved in it or not, so they know the importance of stopping bullies! For more information or help figuring out what to do go visit: www.stopbullyingnow.com, stopbullying.gov, kidpower.org or talk to you guidance councilor, friend or family members!

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