ANTI-BULLYING

Sadly, bullying is a persistent problem. Bullying is the unwanted, aggressive actions intended to repeatedly hurt another person. Bullying happens online or in-person, it is verbally or physically violence and leads to extreme emotional stress. Often bullying begin in schools with children, but the pain and anger continues well into adulthood.

Bullying starts with perceived imbalance of power in which one person uses their strength, popularity, or position of power to control and harm others. There are many different types of bullying and different circumstances, here are the types of bullying:

• Verbal – teasing, name calling, inappropriate sexual comments, threatening, belittling
• Social – damaging relationships/reputation by excluding someone, encouraging others to isolate someone, spreading rumors, public embarrassment
• Physical – causing physical harm by hitting, kicking, spitting, tripping, pushing, breaking things, or making threatening gestures
• Cyber – using digital media to send, post, or share negative, harmful, or negative information about someone else.  

Currently, over 20% of children experience bullying in school while many more report issues with cyberbullying.

Currently, over 20% of children experience bullying in school while many more report issues with cyberbullying. The best way to stop bullying is to prevent it from the start. Here are a few tips to help adults and children to stop bullying for good!

• Teach the concept of empathy from an early age, encourage children to think about how others experience and feel
• Learn to recognize the subtle signs of a bully and a bullying victim
• Encourage children to speak their minds, reward the courage to stand up to peers
• Challenge people to consider the impact of their thoughts, words, and actions.  
• Adults must act as examples of kindness, understanding, and advocacy by standing up for others and refusing to tolerate adult bullies
• Teach coping skills for dealing with the haters
• Offer support and resources to victims 

 To keep the fight against bullying going, you can learn more about how to stop bullying or find resources on support strategies