National Bullying Prevention Month: How to prevent and respond to school bullies
(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) October 21, 2019 – October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign founded by PACER to eradicate bullying across the country. According to statistics, 37% of children report having been bullied, but only 31% of this number reported it to an adult. Waterford.org wants to make sure parents and teachers know how to respond to and prevent this behavior.
Victims of bullying are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behaviors. It’s never too late to respond to bullying issues, but if you can prevent it, you can help children feel safe.
How to prevent bullying
- Teach emotional intelligence: Bullies generally score low on measures of empathy and social-emotional development. Teach children how to recognize different emotions or what to do when they are sad or angry. That way, when they feel overwhelmed, they learn to react in healthy ways instead of bullying.
- Address the Trauma: Bullies are more likely to have had traumatic experiences earlier in life that may factor into why they act inappropriately. Connect children who have experienced trauma to counseling resource.
How to address bullying
- Look for warning signs: If you believe a child is being bullied, talk to them in private. Some children may feel uncomfortable asking for help, so you can let them know they can come to you.
- Inform parents: If you are not the child’s parent, contact the parents of both the bully and bullied students. You can also contact school leaders (such as a school principal).
How to Prevent Cyberbullying
- Identify cyberbullying: harassment through phone calls, texts, or online messages, online impersonation, hacking into accounts.
- Teach online safety: Show them how to keep their accounts and messages private, as well as how to block or report bullies.
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Waterford.org is a nonprofit organization that seeks to blend the best aspects of learning science, mentoring relationships, and innovative technologies to form community, school, and home programs that deliver excellence and equity for all learners. We believe all children deserve success from the start.
The Waterford UPSTART program launched in Utah in 2009, and now serves roughly 23,000 children in more than a dozen states nationwide. Waterford UPSTART was designed to overcome traditional barriers to site-based PreK, giving parents the tools they need to become their child’s first teacher. That includes an at-home curriculum of more than 2,500 online reading, science, and math lessons, and 360 digital books, 330 animated songs, and more than 450 instructional hours.
Waterford UPSTART is registering Utah four-year-olds right now! For more information or to register, go to WaterfordUPSTART.org
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