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Things Every Teacher Should Know About Bullying

I’ve written about bullying before, but this is obviously something that does not go away easily, and when I came across this eye-opening infographic from USC’s Master of Arts in Teaching, I felt compelled to share.

In an effort to support this year’s Bullying Awareness Week theme, the infographic below, “School Bullying Outbreak” shares facts about the methods, consequences and preventative measures related to bullies and bullied victims in schools.

Some stats that really caught my eye were:

  • Children who bully by age 8 are 4 times as likely to have a criminal record by age 30.
  • 81% of bullying acts aren’t reported to adults.
  • 1 out of 4 kids are bullied every month in the US.

All in all, the numbers are shocking and the acts are unacceptable.

Things to remind students to do when they are around bullies…

  • Speak up against bullying. Say something like, “stop it.”
  • Walk away. Act like you do not care, even if you really do.
  • Tell an adult you trust. They may have ideas about what you can do.
  • Stick together. Staying with a group might help.

Things to remember…

  • You are not alone.
  • It is not your fault. Nobody should be bullied!
  • Talk to someone you trust.
  • Do not hurt yourself.
  • Do not bully back. Do not bully anyone else.
  • Do not let the bully win.  Keep doing what you love to do.

Suggestions from stopbullying.gov

Bullying

Bullying in school is something that has been around as long as there has been school. This info-graphic shows some staggering statistics about bullying. 77% of students are bullied and the number for cyber-bullying are rapidly approaching this number as well. One thing I’ve noticed is that our image of the quintessential bully is nothing like the picture of the kid in the info-graphic. Especially with cyber-bullying.  More and more I’m seeing girls becoming viscously bold in their online bullying tactics and this needs to be addressed at earlier and earlier ages.

My own 5 year old daughter has been bullied on the bus this year by two 5 year old girls.  She was able to stop them by first telling her parents, and then standing up to the girls telling them they were hurting her feelings and they need to stop. Here are some other things that kids can do if they are being bullied:

  • Speak up against bullying. Say something like, “stop it.”
  • Walk away. Act like you do not care, even if you really do.
  • Tell an adult you trust. They may have ideas about what you can do.
  • Stick together. Staying with a group might help.

Things to remember…

  • You are not alone.
  • It is not your fault. Nobody should be bullied!
  • Talk to someone you trust.
  • Do not hurt yourself.
  • Do not bully back. Do not bully anyone else.
  • Do not let the bully win.  Keep doing what you love to do.

Suggestions from stopbullying.gov

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