Student strategies to prevent bullying
- Choose to not participate in bullying behaviors.
- Report any incidence of bullying to a teacher, administrator, or counselor.
- Practice skills and strategies to take a stand.
- Encourage your friends and classmates to take a stand against any bullying they observe.
- Take an individual stand.
- Be friendly toward another student that is a target of bullying.
- Be a friend to new or needy students.
- If you hear bullying, change the conversation or help the student being bullied walk away from the situation.
Student strategies if you are being bullied
- Walk away with confidence, even though you may not be feeling it at the moment.
- Be calm.
- Tell the bully to stop.
- Use appropriate language.
- Do NOT argue or fight back.
- Have friends around and stay in safe places.
- Tell a responsible adult that you trust (parent, teacher, counselor, or administrator).
- Keep telling until the bullying behavior stops.
Parent strategies to prevent bullying
- Teach your children to respect others and their differences.
- Model respectful behavior.
- Use the "teachable moments". When watching TV, or witnessing an event in public that is clearly bullying, talk to your child about that incident. "How would you feel?" "What could you have done?" "Why is this not a good (nice) way to behave?"
- Let your child know that inexcusable behavior by others (other children or even adults) is NOT an excuse for their bad behavior.
- Teach empathy. "How do you think that person feels?" "Why?" "Would you want someone to treat you or members of your family or your friends that way?"
- Talk with your child about what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior when using communication and information technologies.
- Be aware of your child's time on the computer and cell phone and the web sites he/she visits.
If your child is being bullied...
- Help him/her learn coping skills.
- Alert the school if it is happening on campus.
- Continue to monitor what is happening.
- Help your child understand the need to tell.
- Don't let fear of retaliation keep you from reporting any incident.
Examples of bullying may include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name calling, rumor spreading, or ostracism.