By: Carley George
What is bullying?
**Bullying is UNWANTED, AGGRESSIVE behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.**
Why is National Bullying Prevention Month important?
- Students feel safer… That means parents worry less and teachers can focus on their work! Everyone wins when the bullying STOPS!
- There is a sense of teamwork… Between students, parents, teachers, School administrators, etc. We’re all in this together. Remember, one school principal can’t stop this problem alone!
- Back-to-school has a whole new feel and meaning… October brings fresh connections and new friendships, while setting the tone for the rest of the school year. Let’s try to confront bullying as early as possible!
How can adults, parents, and teachers help STOP bullying?
- Learn about the situation: It is important to encourage children to speak up about the situation!
- Encourage children to express themselves: Allow children to process their feelings and talk through the situation when they are comfortable!
- Teach children how to respond: Encourage them to speak up but remind them to be the bigger person and retain from physical fights. Encourage them to surround themselves with friends and reassure them that you are there to help
- Boost their self-confidence: remind them that the bullying was not their fault. Support their interests and hobbies, get them involved in extracurricular activities if they are not already