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Bullying Prevention for Kids

What is Bullying?

Bullying happens every single day and can happen to absolutely anyone. Anytime someone is mean to another person, and he or she finds it difficult to defend themselves, it is bullying!  Bullying can take many different forms, here are just a few:

  • Teasing
  • Pushing or shoving
  • Hitting or punching
  • Name calling
  • Sending mean messages online
  • Spreading rumors about someone

These are just a few of the many forms of bullying. Bullying is something that can really hurt people, and it is up to all of us to make it stop! To learn more about bullying, and to play some fun games and activities, check out this website by the Health Resources and Services Administration called Stop Bullying Now!

What Should You Do about Bullying?

The first and most important thing you should do if you are being bullied, or see someone else being bullied, is tell a grown up. Remember to tell the adult the Three W’s:

  • Who was being bullied and who the bully is
  • Where it happened
  • When it happened

Grown ups don’t always realize when bullying happens, especially if it is going on at times when they are not watching. It is up to you to tell grown ups about any bullying, explain the situation to them, and tell them that bullying is a very big deal. We all know that talking to grown ups can sometimes feel scary, but they can really help. When you talk to an adult about bullying, it is not tattle-taleing. Sometimes people are afraid that telling an adult about a bully makes them a tattle-tale, but that isn’t true. Telling an adult about a bully is the mature and right thing to do. Grown ups will thank you for telling them, and so will all the people that were being hurt by this bully. There are many adults who you can talk to about bullying: parents, teachers, school nurses, counselors, doctors or coaches. If the adult doesn’t seem to understand how serious the situation is, find a different adult to talk to and tell them.

Bullying is against the Law

If you haven’t been convinced yet that bullying really is a BIG deal, in 2009 North Carolina passed The School Violence Prevention Act, which requires schools to have programs to protect against bullying.