Adults and students can both participate in preventing and decreasing bullying events. It is most often the simplest actions that have the biggest impact.
Bullying Prevention For Adults
The website StopBullying.gov says, “When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. There are simple steps adults can take to stop bullying on the spot and keep kids safe.” Here are some of their tips:
- Intervene immediately
- Make sure everyone is safe
- Model respectful behavior
- Don’t ignore bullying
- Ask students to explain the incident in a private setting, not a public one
- Offer continued support to the students involved.
We think it’s really important that adults help students understand that there is an acceptable way to resolve conflict. These students are looking to you first and foremost to determine what appropriate behaviors are. Keep you cool and show that you care about all sides involved and you will provide a model for students to follow. As a bystander, you can decrease the likelihood of bullying happening again by stopping the bully in his or her tracks.
Bullying Prevention for Students
Remember that everyone has a story and that very often a hurt person ends up hurting someone else. The key here is treat everyone with respect. Here are some tips to help you do that:
- Stop and think before you say something that could hurt someone
- Talk to an adult you trust. They can help you work through your feelings of anger or hurt
- Different isn’t worse, it’s just different. See if you can find way to affirm others’ differences.
- If you feel like you may have bullied someone in the past, don’t be afraid to apologize. Own up to your mistake and make things right.
The simplest way to prevent bullying is to hold yourself accountable to be kind.