Bullying - Bullying is deliberately hurting other people with words and actions.
October is Bullying Prevention Month(1), and schools and families across the country are having frank discussions to raise awareness about bullying. It's a subject that's grown increasingly complex and troubling over the years: while in-person teasing and harassment has never flagged, new technologies have given rise to cyberbullying, which can be equally as damaging -- and even more public. And news of tragic consequences stemming from cases of both kinds spreads quickly through social media.
Most statistics say that one out of four kids report being bullied, with numbers much higher for kids in certain groups, like LGBT teens or children with special needs. So it's more important than ever that parents and educators are vigilant in encouraging kids to be empathetic, and to become "upstanders" rather than bystanders.
Bullying - From stop bullying.gov Take a stand and help make it stop.
Cyberbullying - Embracing Digital Youth is addressing youth risk in the digital age in a positive and restorative manner
Bully proofing your classroom and cottage - Classroom teachers and child care professionals are at the core of any bullying prevention program. They can play a crucial role in preventing bullying. Listed here are specific teaching strategies you can use to bully-proof your classroom.
Becki Cohn-Vargas, director of Not In Our School, shares ways we can
empower and motivate young people to turn a climate of bullying into one
of safety and acceptance.
VideoAmy offers up a playlist of YouTube videos for parents and educators to use as tools to stop bullying and cultivate empathy.