Bullying has become a serious concern at schools across the country. Parents, teachers and students are all working to help spread awareness and stop these heinous acts from occurring in their community’s backyard. In order to stop bullying, everyone in the community needs to get involved and stop turning a blind eye when they see a bully-like act. Bullying seminars are a great way to help spread awareness. They are also the best way to properly train others on how to properly deal with and stand up to bullies.
What are Bullying seminars?
Across the country motivational speakers are talking in front of students, educators and other large crowds. What are they talking about? Many of these speaking engagements are focused on raising bullying awareness. Bullying seminars are those that focus on raising awareness and help those currently going through a situation feel comfortable enough to get the help they need.
Speaking engagements and seminars are designed to offer the training needed for educators, business managers, employees, students and community members to help stand up to bullying. According to Stand Up to Bullying, bullying prevention and anti bullying programs for schools are two things that are critical in establishing an environment that is conducive to learning.
How to stand up to a bully
Schools with bullying happening among students can cause a decrease in grades, student morale and participation in school-sponsored activities. This is why standing up to bullies is the responsibility of everyone in the school, including teachers, staff, parents and students.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services here are some tips on how to stand up to bullies:
- Treat everyone with respect
- Know what to do if being bullies
- Know who you can talk to if you are being bullied
- Know who you can talk to if you witness someone else being bullied
- Stand up for yourself
- Stand up for others
- Protect yourself from cyberbullying
- Get involved and help raise awareness
- Do not bully back or threaten the bully
If you are being bullied the best thing to do is to look at the bully and tell him or her to stop. Remain calm and use a clear, authoritative voice. If you feel you are in danger, walk away immediately and seek out someone to tell. Never confront a bully when you are alone.
Taking a stand against bullying
According to Nemours, thousands of teen wake up every day afraid of going to school. Bullying has become a problem in our schools that affect millions of students across the country. Many of these students are being harassed by an individual or a group of students who over and over again tease, threaten and taunt them. Some students feel there is no end to their situation and believe that standing up to a bully will have no results.
One of the best ways to take a stand against bullying is to help raise awareness in the school and the community. This can be done by scheduling an anti bullying assembly. During the assembly you can have students talk about their personal experiences with bullies and a motivational speaker to help encourage kids to stop bullying.
Consider sending teachers and staff to a bullying workshop, which is designed to train educators how to recognize, stop and prevent bullying. Many of these workshops also teach how to encourage student involvement and properly teach students the dangers associated with bullying.
Anti-bullying programs for schools
There are a variety of different anti-bullying programs available for schools. These are produced by organizations who come to your school and conduct presentations focused on stopping bullying. Many programs are interactive, fun and entertaining for students. Making it feel like they are not learning, but more like they are having fun.
Many of the programs available, including those shared by Utterly Global, teach students in a comfortable environment how to create a safe school and social atmosphere through character development. All programs are designed for specific grade levels, but all aim to accomplish the same thing – spread bullying awareness.
Hosting an anti-bullying assembly
You do not have to bring in an outside organization to put on an anti-bullying assembly at your school. You can get a group of students, parents, teachers and others in the community to organize your own assembly. Here are some tips to help you organize your school’s anti-bullying assembly:
- Use dramatic re-enactments: Get students to act in mini plays featuring different bullying situations and how to handle each one.
- Bring in guest speakers: These do not have to be globally recognized speakers. Speakers can be community leaders, school board members and other members of the community.
- Host a pep rally: Get kids excited and promote unity among students.
- Musical performances: Get students to write songs against bullying and perform them in front of the school.
- Host a debate: Get the debate team involved and have them argue both sides of bullying and how to stop it.
- Set up a video conference: Connect with other schools to discuss bullying awareness.
- Host an open forum: Create an atmosphere where students can freely ask questions about bullying and stand up and speak out against it.
- Host a peer mentor day: This is when you pair students up with their peers to watch out for each other and work together to raise awareness.
- Host an awareness day: Set up a family-friendly event at the school, including food, games, activities and entertainment with the goal of getting the entire community involved.
- Hosting these types of programs will benefit the school overall. Students will know how to handle bullies and teachers and staff will know how to recognize and stop bullying from occurring.
Take a stand against bullies and get the support of the entire school. Once teachers, students, parents and community members get involved, awareness for these heinous acts will spread like wildfire. Start hosting seminars, workshops and assemblies to help train, educate and excite others to get involved.