Awareness is the key to bullying prevention. Bullies can be relentless to their victims, and your anti-bullying awareness campaign needs to be just as persistent. Your anti-bullying campaign can’t be for just one week or one month. It must provide resources 24-7-365.
Bullying is about control and power. Standing up to bullies means making sure every student feels in control and powerful in their own environment. Your anti-bullying campaign must make it easy and safe for kids to report bullying to the right adults in your community.
Bullying must stop with you. If you see it, speak up. If you hear it, say something. If you notice it online, report it. Every member of your community has the responsibility to stop any form of bullying when they witness it. Never assume that someone else will take action.
In today’s technology-driven society, bullying has spread from the playground to the digital device. As many as 34% of students report being the victims of cyberbullying, more than double the amount from just 10 years ago. Cyberbullying is defined as “intentional and repeated harm inflicted on others through the use of electronic devices.” It can inflict harm on kids through social media, texting, email, digital photos, and more. Any app or device that allows for unsupervised contact between kids can also be a medium for cyberbullying.
What makes cyberbullying particularly dangerous is that it’s increasingly difficult – and in some cases impossible – for adults to witness the behavior. A recent report suggests that only 33% of teens who were targets of cyberbullying reported it to an adult. Awareness and advocacy are the most powerful tools to stop cyberbullying. Your antibullying program should give kids easy ways to report cyberbullying and give adults the tools they need to recognize it.
Explore these links to find out more about what you can do to stop bullying in your community. Knowledge is power!
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There are many organizations and programs available to help schools, communities, parents, and kids combat the bullying epidemic. If you feel threatened or feel like your child is threatened, contact your school, local police department, or dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis due to bullying or any other cause, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.crisistextline.org or 1-800-273-8255.