Author: Deona Bethart

How to Report Bullying on Facebook

Social media can be a wonderful way of networking and keeping in touch with friends and family. Sometimes, however, social media can be a platform for bullying. When that happens, there are steps that you can take to report the bully or harasser. Each social media platform has its own way of reporting posts and comments. You’ll find the steps to reporting bullying on Facebook in the PDF file below. Here’s some tips from Facebook to keep in mind if you experience bullying: Stay calm. Acting out of anger in the moment can make matters worse. Tell someone you...

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Get ready for a #MonthofAction

October 1 marks the start of Bullying Prevention Month. The team at Bystander Revolution is introducing #MonthOfAction, a campaign inspiring individuals to act by providing 31 practical, everyday actions that can help anyone take the power out of bullying. Learn about the 31 day challenge from Bystander Revolution’s Creative Director, Mike Wood, in the video below, then head to http://bystanderrevolution.org/moa to join the action!...

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Top 10 Ways to Support a Bullied Child

From national research we know that bullying usually begins in the 3rd or 4th grade and builds to a peak in the 9th grade and then declines. We call this the bullying band. Chances are, if you interact with a child or children in the bullying band, they have been on the receiving end of bullying at some point. Most kids are resilient and able to move beyond the incident(s) – some need more time and attention to heal the wounds of bullying. Regardless of the situation, here are 10 ways that we can support a bullied child as adults: Make time for conversation. Keep the conversation private so the child feels like they can share as much as they need to. Listen first, talk later. Don’t make assumptions about how they should feel – allow them to express their feelings in whatever words make sense to them. If it is necessary to involve school administrators, check with the student first about sharing what they have told you. Affirm the child with positive language, helping them recognize the good characteristics they possess. Support the student in responding to future bullying incidents in a way that respects themselves and others. Help them develop a buddy system – a group of friends or trusted adult that the child can go to if a bullying incident happens at school. Don’t support retaliation....

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Part 3: Preventing Bullying

This is Part 3 of a four part series on bullying. You can read the first part here, and the second part here. 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.”...

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Part 2: 4 Causes of Bullying

This is Part 2 of a four part series on bullying. You can read the first part here. A trendy phrase in the counseling world is “Hurt people hurt people.” Meaning that often times, when a person has been hurt, they end up paying the hurt forward. This can look like damaging property, hurting themselves or hurting others. When it comes to bullying, we know that every child has a story. None of them walk into school as a blank slate. They could be carrying the stress of a parent’s addiction, abuse or neglect, feelings of inadequacy and isolation,...

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#MotivationalMonday – Gratitude

There’s a lot than can go wrong in this world. Thanks to the media we are inundated with these stories minute by minute. The psychological effects can be devastating – stress, anxiety, fear, isolation. There are some ways to combat these feelings, increasing our happiness and feelings of positive hope, and it’s actually rather simple. Express your gratitude. Every day, there are big and little things that we can choose to be grateful for. Today, the sun is shining, my car is (mostly) working, and I get to work with some amazing, fun, and funny women. Life isn’t perfect,...

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