More and more reports of bullying are being made at schools and businesses nationwide. Every day, new cases of bullying are being revealed, which means there is an increased need to raise awareness. How we act, who we support and who we stop has an impact on the communities we live in. It is time to stop the bullying.
How Can You Stop the Bullying Today?
Here are some things we can do as a nation to stop the bully we may face in our own community:
It is important we focus on our own actions before condemning others for theirs. This means we need to treat everyone with respect. There is no need for someone to be mean to another. For some, this requires the need to stop and think about what we say and do, because our actions and words can hurt others.
According to the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, we must stand up to those who are bullying us. If you find yourself being bullied or know someone who is being bullied you must speak up. Tell the bully that you do not appreciate their actions and demand they stop immediately.
In most cases, standing up against the bully works. However, in some cases, it might be necessary to talk to someone else and seek further assistance from the school administration or workplace management.
Help spread the awareness in your community by being a leader in local anti bullying organizations and initiatives. Talk to local schools and organizations to find out what programs are being offered and how you can help.
Other ways to get involved and help prevent bullying from happening is to get verbal about it. Make public appearances speaking out against bullying, write a blog, send a letter into the editor of a local newspaper or even send out tweets against bullying.
Blue Shirt Day
In an effort to stop the bullying, the Stomp Out Bullying organizations promotes Blue Shirt Day every year. Blue Shirt World Day of Bullying Prevention is the first Monday in October and this year it was celebrated on October 5th, 2015. The goal of this day is to drive awareness of anti bullying programs and rid the world of these heinous acts.
There is also a stop the bullying video, as well as other videos showcasing previous Blue Shirt Day initiatives and tips for helping promote anti-bullying awareness.
According to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center, school-based programs designed to stop the bullying in 2013 decreased bullying by up to 25 percent. This just goes to show that all of these actions, campaigns and other anti-bullying initiatives are helping in curbing bullying across the nation.
Steps to stop bullying
According to the National Education Association, there are many steps we can take as individuals and as a community to help stop the bullying from occurring in schools and workplaces. These steps include:
- Paying attention to what is happening
- Look for warning signs
- Do not ignore bullying
- Report bullying immediately when you see it
- Keep calm at all times
- Handle those involved individually
- Do not make students apologize immediately
- Hold witnesses and bystanders accountable
- Do not prejudge
- Listen to what happened
- Seek professional help
- Learn how to properly handle bullying situations
- Start an anti bullying program in your community
How to stop bullying in the classroom
Bullying can hinder a student’s ability to learn in the classroom, which is why parents, educators and community members need to band together and work on stopping bullying at the school level. Everyone can stop bullying from starting in the first place.
How to stop bullying in the workplace
Unfortunately, bullying is not limited to the playground. There have been several cases of bullying reported at the workplace too. The best way to deal with it is to stand up for yourself and speak out against these bullying acts. If that does not work, seek assistance from upper management and/or the human resources department.
If speaking up and talking with management does not work, it might be necessary to seek help from an outside source. Depending upon the type and level of bullying, it might be possible to seek legal assistance to stop the bullying and protect your civil rights against being harassed at work.
Get Help and Stop the Bullying Today
According to the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, help is available for those experiencing trouble with a bully. There are local and national organizations you can reach out to for help. Help is available from local counselors, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, school administrators, U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.
However, sometimes bullying does not just stop at a few words being thrown around. This is why it is important to call the police immediately if you feel you are in danger of being physically harmed.
Bullying can occur just about anywhere in our communities, to just about anyone. No one is immune to falling victim to a bully. The best way to stop the bullying from continuing within our communities is to help spread awareness and show bullies that this behavior will not be tolerated.