Kids are getting bullied at my school, what should I do? Joe
Hi Joe! Bullying is a tough, especially because it’s not always obvious when someone is getting bullied and whether it is your place to say something. But when we pay attention, we know when something is not right and we know it’s within our power to make a difference.
We do see bullying all the time between people of all ages, the most important thing is to do is be more than just a bystander…but that doesn’t make it any easier to know what to do.
Here are five steps that will hopefully help:
- Notice the Event. Before you can do anything to help in a bullying situation, first you have to notice it. And most importantly don’t ignore it and listen to your gut.
- Know when to step in. Be prepared to intervene and help people out. If you’re unsure, check out the warning signs of a bullying situation. Check out the Stop Bullying website here.
- Take Responsibility.So, you’ve noticed a problem situation you think could be stopped if someone stepped in. Now is the time to step up.
- Decide How to Help. By learning the right skills, you will know how to safely step in the next time you see a bullying situation. You can do this by intervening immediately, and get help from those around you.
- Don’t Just Stand By: Do Something. You know the situation isn’t okay. You know you should intervene. You know you can intervene. Be more than a bystander.
For more information check out: stopbullying.gov
Joe, I’m proud of you for writing in and seeing what you can do to help the people around you being bullied. Be strong in knowing you can make a difference and there are people in your community who can help, as we are stronger together.