What you need to know about Bullying
Bullying is a term that has had a profound impact on school systems, especially in more recent times because the internet. It is a serious problem that needs to be addressed before it starts. Ultimately, it is up to us, as parents, to ensure our kids safety and security. But what exactly can we do about it? Let’s discuss a few alarming statistics and explore ways to prevent bullying.
Bullying comes in MANY Forms
28% of Bullying happens at school. Yep, that’s right, nearly one third of cruel behavior and actions happens where our children are supposed to be thriving 5 days a week. This statistic alone is a significant motivator to learn more about bullying and what we can do to prevent it. But first, here’s a few more statistics regarding the many forms of bullying.
- 19% Teasing/Mocked
- 16% Rumors
- 9% Pushed
- 6% Threatened
- 6% Cyberbullied
- 12% Excluded/Forced to do something/Had property damaged
How to Prevent Bullying
Address the bullying problem in schools and local communities. Everyone needs to be aware of what bullying is and how it impacts everyday life. Without awareness, there is no problem to “fix.” Be sure school administrators and teachers are discussing the topic of bullying at school conferences, sending out informative emails regarding bullying, and most importantly bring the topic of bullying into the classroom and into the household.
Create confident and secure social climates in our schools. By raising confident children we can limit or decrease classic bully behavior. It’s never too early to teach children principals of confidence and how our actions may affect others.
Establish bullying prevention programs and strategies. Unfortunately there will always be some degree of bullying, so we need to catch it before it becomes a serious issue. Involve children in planning and presenting prevention programs.
Encourage open communication among all youth. Facilitating simple teamwork exercises or activities and communication will naturally follow. Any positive way to get kids talking is a step in the right direction, especially in this technological era.
The most beneficial way to prevent bullying is getting EVERYONE involved, someway, somehow. The more community involvement in the matter of bullying, the more personal the issue becomes with everyone. Let’s take a step towards a brighter future with our children and do something to address the prevalence of bullying!
Check out these online resources on how to implement bullying prevention programs in your local school or community:
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Source Credits: StopBullying.gov
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Janin is a mama to her daughter Emily, working as a Forensic Scientist in the heart of California. She can be found with her husband photographing their baby girl and boxer puppy, while trying to soak up every precious moment as a family of “four.” On her free time, she enjoys cooking up a storm, hiking any challenging trail, and exploring all the shores of Lake Tahoe.