Published on June 29, 2014
The National Education Association suggests 10 steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying. These are tips that can help parents, educators, and students alike. 1. Pay attention: Be aware of any noticeable changes in a person’s life. Teenagers are constantly trying to find their own identity; however, drastic negative changes can be a sign that something is wrong. Not all victims of bullying will show signs, have conversations with teens and discuss how they are doing. 2. Don’t ignore it: Don’t dismiss anything as “fooling around” or “just being kids”. Take both people’s feelings into account in all situations; don’t assume to know how someone else feels about the situation. 3. When you see something, do something: If you are a witness to bullying, do something about it immediately. Failing to abruptly step into a situation will only compound the situation. 4. Remain calm: Don ’ t become part of the argument. Be sure that everyone involved is safe and doesn ’ t need medical attention. Model the type of behavior that you expect. Explain the situation to all parties and let them know what will be happening. Take both students somewhere safe. 5. Deal with students individually: Don ’ t discuss the situation while other students are watching. Talk to each student, including bystanders, separately so they can tell their side of the story without interference from anyone else.