Bullying. There is so much to say about this word. Bullies come in many forms. So do the actions they perform. Whether the bullying is in person, or on the internet, there is harm that can be done. Here are some facts and many different statistics. At the end of this article, we will show you ways you can help prevent further bullying, helping someone overcome it and a few other things. Help share the word.
Lets Start with something easy on the brain.
The definition of a bully is
A person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.
A person who uses superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.
Facts AND Statistics
Over the years bullying has become worse, and more evolved. Twenty years ago, bullying usually only happened on the playground at school, on the school bus, or at the neighborhood park. Since technology has given us the internet, social networking, and Smartphones, bullying has become much more serious, and much more dangerous.
Most kids/teenagers/Adults give signs when something is going on. Here is what you can look for.
A while back, Parents had the “Kids will be kids” attitude about bullying. But we think there is a huge difference between being kids and being a bully. It is extremely important for the child’s mental and physical health that something is done about it as soon as bullying is suspected or confirmed.
Here is what YOU can do to help:
If you think your child or a friend is being bullied, get them to talk. You want them to know that everything will be ok. If you can’t get them to open up, ask a sibling or another family member/ person they trust to talk to them.
If you don’t succeed at getting them to open up, professional help may be a good idea. Look for a good therapist in your area. There are therapist that specialize in bullying and they have a better chance at cracking the case. If this idea works, it might be a good idea to keep your child in some type of counseling. It may help out more in the long run.
Awareness: It is important for people to know that bullying happens and kids are NOT just being kids. There are a lot of anti-bullying campaigns going on via the media and out internet outlets.
Have policies set in place: Schools and Work places should be a no tolerance zone. Schools should explain the importance of bullying. Work Places should also let their employees know the risks.
School Assemblies: Many schools these days are having anti-bullying assemblies. Students attend these assemblies during school and listen to speeches. Many schools have the police come in, and explain the legal consequences of bullying. Schools can also bring in therapists, to discuss the emotional issues that being bullied can lead to, and also to offer support to students being bullied after the assembly is over. Many schools will bring in students who have been bullied, or who were bullies so that they can tell their story, and how bullying effected their life. Giving students a chance to have all outlets available at once can be very helpful.
Proactive parenting: Talking with your children often about being bullied, or being a bully is important. A child’s morals start at home. When parents begin talking to their children at a young age about bullying, and how it is not tolerated, the child will be less likely to be a bully, and may feel comfortable opening up if they are bullied.
Monitor internet use: Cyberbullying is very common these days. If parents monitor their child’s internet use, they can prevent their child from bullying another, or recognize that their child is the one being bullied. They can then, take the necessary steps to put it to an end.
If you are being bullied or know someone being bullied, there are other things you can do to help.
If someone is being suicidal, you can call local police, call their parents, or call the national suicide hotline (1-800-273-TALK)
If someone is being bullied and they are too scared to speak up, you can
State Department of Education
Here is a quick video. It only takes ONE person to stop bullying. And it begins with you.