The purpose of this project is to define bullying, its possible root cause, and the typical characteristics of bullies. We will identify the types of people, whom bullies target, the effects on victims (Copeland, 2013), methods to neutralize it, and coping, educational and training opportunities, such as in schools (Hong, 2009) and partnering with parents to help defuse bullying (Jordan, 2012).
Bullying is an age old problem in which seems to be out of control, affecting numerous youths in its downward spiral. The behavior of bullying affects everyone from witnesses, or bystanders, to faculty, staff and parents. Victims of bullying carry the burden of these impacts, like scars and baggage, into their adult lives, thus creating a number of life-long challenges.
Recognize: Ask yourself what is happening, what type of bullying is occurring, is it physical, emotional, cyber or covert?
Respond: If you see someone being bullied, do something about it in a safe manner. Do not be a bystander and allow the act of bullying to continue.
Listen: Give others the chance to speak up. If a bully needs to talk, let them. They will have ample opportunity to explain their actions. If a victim wants to talk, let them. They will have the opportunity to explain how they are being affected and need to know that there is support for them.
Promote safety: When listening to bullies and victims, promote acceptance and value. Let the person know that they are respected. Connect with the person, offer support.
Inform: Educate everyone, including parents, families, teachers, students, workplaces, faculty and staff etc. Inform them of the severity of bullying and its impacts.
Share valuable, free resource information to schools, parents and the community through our anti-bullying Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jacinta.roybal.7
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