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28 2013

Posted by Katie in Other

Bullying is an issue that almost everyone at one point or another encounters. Whether you are the bully, the victim or a witness, it has become an unfortunate aspect of school life.

If you witness a child being bullied there are a few things that you can do to alleviate the problem:

1. Intervene immediately
2. Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders
3. Model respectful behavior when you intervene
4. Don’t ignore it. Don’t think kids can work it out without adult help.
5. Don’t ask for the facts immediately
6. Don’t talk to the kids together, separate them first

If you know of a child who is being bullied, here are a few suggestions of ways you can help:

1. Assure the child that bullying is not their fault
2. Give advice of what to do if the bullying happens again. This may include role-playing a possible bullying situation
3. Don’t contact the parents of the bully. That may make matters worse. Instead, contact the school and they can mediate.

If you know of a child who may be bullying others, you should:

1. Make sure the child knows what the behavior problem is
2. Show the child that bullying is taken very seriously
3. Work with the child to try to understand why he/she is being a bully
4. Use consequences to teach the child that bullying is wrong.

Lessons that build empathy can help to avoid a bullying situation from occurring again.

For more useful information, you can go to: www.stopbullying.gov

I also strongly recommend watching this video of a powerful speaker discussing his experiences with bullying. I promise you, it’s worth the watch:

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