There are many different ways a child can be bullied. Bullying can occur at home, in their neighborhood and at school. It is important that we as parents are aware of what is happening in our child’s life and to ensure he or she is free from any bullying activity. Kids who are involved with bullying, either as the bully or the victim, may suffer from long lasting problems later in life. That is why it is important for communities and fellow parents to pull together to create anti bully programs to help keep our kids safe.
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Types of bullying
There are three types of bullying, verbal, social and physical. Stopbullying.org states that all three have the same affect on the victim. Verbal bullying attacks include teasing, name-calling, taunting, threatening and inappropriate sexual comments. Social bullying includes actions involving others within the school, including telling others to not be friends with the target, spreading rumors and publicly embarrassing the target in front of his or her peers. The final type of bullying involves physical attacks such as hitting, kicking, spitting on, tripping, taking someone’s belongings and making rude hand gestures.
Anti bully awareness programs work to help prevent bullying from starting. These programs work to educate kids about the bully process and how to recognize the signs of bullying. Encourage your kids to talk to you about their feelings and what is happening when you are not around. If they feel comfortable speaking with you, they will most likely express concern if they are being bullied or see a friend being bullied.
If you feel your child is being bullied, do not hesitate and get involved immediately. Speak to the teacher or the school’s principal about the situation. Together determine if the actions of a child is indeed bullying and how to work toward a solution.
Talk to your child about his or her feelings about being bullied. Teach your child what to do to stop the bully from continuing the harassing and harmful actions. Instruct your child to tell the bully to stop and then walk away. Your child should understand he or she should not provoke the bully or continue to argue or fight with the other child. These actions will only encourage the bully to continue acting in a negative and harmful manner.
Once a solution has been found, it is important as a parent to keep the lines of communication with your child open. Watch out for signs that the bullying has started back up and be prepared to take immediate action. Previous anti bully efforts may have temporarily halted bullying activity, but there is no guarantee that it will not resume in the future. On the other hand, having the school speak with the bully may inflame the issue and make the other child’s actions continue, causing more harm than previous actions have.
State and local governments have jumped on board with anti bully awareness and efforts. Laws in the form of state education codes and model policies in the school districts have been implemented to keep our kids safe and free from bullying. Each state and local government has different laws and policies regarding bullying. Check with your school to find out which anti bully laws and policies are implemented in your area.
Currently, there are no federal laws that specifically focus on bullying. However, in many cases bullying is considered a form of harassment, including discriminatory actions based on sex, color, age, religion, origin, race and disability. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, if the bullying overlaps with federal discriminatory laws, schools are required to report these actions and have an obligation to immediately resolve the matter.
Anti bully education programs work to help teach kids to work against the harassment suffered from a bully. It is the responsibility of the adult members of the community – parents, educators and others – to recognize the symptoms of being bullied and work together to resolve the matter. Once the bullying situation is resolved, it is imperative to regularly follow up and ensure the bullying does not resume at a later date. Working together will help create a bully-free community.