PREVENTING BULLYING STARTS YOUNG
"Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right." - Theodore Roosevelt
WHEN DOES BULLYING START?
Believe it or not, bullying can start as young as the age of three and it happens all over the world. It mostly occurs in the later years of elementary school, middle school, and then dies down as the students enter high school. It could be as simple as name calling and teasing in the school playground, or it could be as simple as being ostracized by your peers. It could also take a physical form and lead to pushing and shoving.
Bullying is mostly prevalent by children in grades 6 through 10, Meaning through most of the middle school years and early high school years.
WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR BULLYING?
There are plenty of reasons why a person would bully someone else. While there are many reasons out there, here are a few general reasons:
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Bullying could be physical, verbal, and also indirect. There are signs of each type of bullying that any parent or teacher could look out for in order to prevent it.
WHAT IS PACK-BULLYING?
Pack bullying is usually when bullying is done by a group of people. Pack bullying can be mostly found in the later years of middle school and in some of the high school years. It usually lasts longer than bullying done by one individual. In most cases, pack bullying is usually physically involved or done through the internet as cyber-bullying.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Every seven minutes, a child is being bullied; adult intervention is 4% while peer intervention is 11%. No intervention is 85%. Millions of kids suffer from bullying, and not nearly enough people are helping to put an end it. Bullying affects every single person around. It not only affects the victim, but also affects bystanders and the person who is doing the bullying. Children who are bullied could suffer from depression, low self-esteem, health problems, poor grade, and even suicidal thoughts. Bystanders who do nothing become fearful, powerless, guilty, and they are even tempted to participate. The bully is most likely to bully more than one person, get into frequent fights, steal and vandalize property, drink alcohol and smoke, report poor grades, and even carry a weapon. The feelings brought about by bullying could last a short period, or it could last a long period, even for the rest of a person's life. No one would want to carry such negative feelings everyday. Depression, low self-esteem, or feelings of powerlessness, fear, or worthlessness are difficult to manage in everyday life.
WHO'S HELPING AND HOW?
Bullying happens in more than just the United States; It happens outside of the United States in other continents and countries. There are many countries that take part in the fight against bullying. While it may seem most bullying prevention organizations are located in America, there are plenty that are outside of America as well. Bullying is a worldwide issue, and, little by little, more countries are noticing the effects and outcomes of bullying and are starting to fight against it. If you suffer through bullying and feel there's no where for you to go, just know that you aren't alone. There are many websites and organizations in the world out there to help you. There are people who will fight alongside you and remind you that this is not a battle you must fight on your own.
Stop Bullying is a Facebook page that was founded in 2009. While Stop Bullying doesn't have as many projects in order to take an actual stand against bullying, it offers inspirational quotes and pictures to help support those that have suffered through bullying. Stop Bullying reaches out to other projects and organizations that help raise awareness to bullying and bullying prevention and support them by letting their followers know that other groups exist out there to help. Despite the fact that they only have 20-thousand followers, the Facebook page constantly receives thanks for their kind words, pictures, and support that help victims of bullying become stronger and fight against bullying with them.
STOMP OUT BULLYING
Stomp Out Bullying runs a twitter where plenty of young teens and parents could connect with an organization helping to stop bullying. The background of the twitter consists of pictures of people that have either been bullied or are taking a stand against bullying because they know how wrong it is. Stomp Out Bullying constantly replies to support and thanks commenters for it. Through the use of hash-tags and replies, Stomp Out Bullying has reached out to over 165-thousand people. This twitter reminds people that their support is needed, welcomed, and appreciated and continues to support the victims of bullying through their methods.
Stop a Bully is Canada's Anti-Bullying program. It allows bullying victims and those who witness bullying to become committed around them. The website reaches out to multiple social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Through the website, anyone in Canada can make an anonymous report of the bullying that may have been done to them or around them. Each time a school jumps on board with their anti-bullying campaign, a dot is added to where that school is. The dot seen on the map is great because then parents and students can know the schools that will help keep them safe and away from bullying.
Aside from America and Canada, Australia has also taken bullying prevention into their own hands. With over 57-thousand likes, "Be Bold. Stop Bullying Australia" has taken a stand against bullying by reaching out to people through the power of social media. The Facebook page has many projects in which victims of bullying, or those who advocate bullying prevention, can take part to spread the word out to others and to show support to people who are being bullied. Their projects show people in Australia that they are not alone and that there are people willing to take a stand to fight for them and against all bullying.
OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media is one of the best ways to battle against bullying and to spread the word on bullying prevention. Martel Jackson and Andrea Griffin tackle bullying at a TEDxTalk. Martel and Andrea start their talk with some questions on bullying and statistics on bullying and then proceed to talk about a boy named Jared and their own accounts of the bullying they went through while growing up. The girls show different ways a person could seek help and seek comfort while going through bullying. It is important for the victims of bullying, the parents of the victims, and to those who see bullying going on around them, to see such talks. The video shows that it is not impossible to get through bullying and to get help. If you are currently suffering through bullying, then the message Marel Jackson and Andrea Griffin share here may help open a few doors in order to seek help.
YOU COULD BE THE CHANGE
WHERE TO START
Take part in the fight against bullying. If you're being bullied, or someone around you is being bullied, then don't stay silent about it. There are people and organizations out there for you, to help you, and to put an end to bullying. No one deserves to be bullied and no one should ever go through bullying alone. If you see something, say something! It's better than staying quiet and not doing anything at all. Even if you don't physically intervene, telling a teacher or a parent could solve everything and make that person's day just a little bit better.
HOTLINES FOR HELP
BULLYING AND CYBERBULLYING
Bullying UK (UK only)
Kids Helpline (Australia only)
Kids Help Phone (Canada only)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Thursday’s Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline
The Trevor Lifeline (U.S. only)
Your Life Iowa: Bullying Support and Suicide Prevention
(855) 581-8111 (24/7) or text TALK to 85511 (4–8 PM every day)
Crisis Call Center
800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863
Depression and Bipolar Support
National Hopeline Network
Crisis Center and Hotlines Locator by State
Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline
STRESS AND ANXIETY
National Institute of Mental Health Information Center
National Mental Health Association Hotline
for these hotlines and other hotlines visit http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines
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