Bullying is a big problem in Palm Beach County and all over our nation. This month, BRIDGES is taking a stance against bullying.
Below are strategies to prevent bullying at school, home, and other places. We hope everyone in our communities takes bullying seriously.
According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, parents, school staff, and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying. They can:
- Help kids understand bullying. Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Tell kids bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.
- Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns.
Adults also have the power to do much more to protect children from bullying. That includes:
– Encouraging kids to do what they love
Help kids take part in activities, interests, and hobbies they like. Kids can volunteer, play sports, sing in a chorus, or join a youth group or school club. These activities give kids a chance to have fun and meet others with the same interests. They can build confidence and friendships that help protect kids from bullying.
– Model how to treat others with kindness and respect
Kids learn from adults’ actions. By treating others with kindness and respect, adults show the kids in their lives that there is no place for bullying. Even if it seems like they are not paying attention, kids are watching how adults manage stress and conflict, as well as how they treat their friends, colleagues, and families.
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