Bullying: How to Stop It
An article for parents with tips, advice, and suggestions for stopping and preventing bullying
Bullying has become a huge problem in the United States. In fact, one out of every seven students has been or will be bullied this year. The emotional toll of bullying is quite severe, and being bullied can result in social problems, depression and even thoughts of suicide. Children can be bullied physically, verbally and even online, so parents and teachers must work together to try and put a stop to it. Here are a few ways you can prevent and stop bullying:
Tell someone: If you are being bullied, the only way it can stop is if you notify an adult. Although it’s frightening to tell someone that you’re being bullied, it’s absolutely necessary. If you’re afraid that the bullying will get worse when you tell someone, always remember that you’ll be protected.
Stand up for yourself: Violence doesn’t solve violence, but standing up for yourself will. Bullies target people who are weaker than they are, and if you show fear, you’ll be a prime target. When a bully approaches, show him/her that you’re not afraid by looking them in the eye, standing straight and speaking in a firm tone of voice.
Don’t walk alone: Walking by yourself increases your chances of being the target of a bully. Instead, try to walk with a large group of people.
Try to avoid the bully: You should not live in fear, but you shouldn’t look for trouble. If the bully hangs out in a particular place, avoid going there.
Parents need to provide a stable family environment: Bullies, believe it or not, usually have a terrible family life. Some bullies come from abusive or dysfunctional families, and they end up mimicking what they see at home.
Witnesses to bullying: Tell your child that if he/she witnesses bullying, he/she needs to tell an adult immediately. Most of the time, there are witnesses to acts of bullying who could have helped the victim by notifying an adult.
More school security: Teachers should always keep their eye out for acts of bullying. Most of the time, there isn’t enough supervision in school, which leads to bullying.
Unfortunately, stopping bullying in its entirety is impossible, but the problem can be lessened. It takes a community to put an end to the taunting and violence. The tips listed here will help out a little, and if your child is being bullied, you need to be proactive about solving the problem before it’s too late.