Youth should not suffer silently. Here are ideas parents can share with their children to deal with bullying.
According to statistics from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, in 2014, 28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 experienced school bullying. Most bullying takes place in school, outside on school grounds, and on the school bus. According to research, youth who are bullied can suffer from depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, loss of sleep and loss of interest in activities.
Youth should not suffer silently. In order to help parents and guardians who are concerned that their children are being bullied in school, we have collected suggestions and tips that parents can share with their children.
From David Andrade Pimienta for the Huffington Post:
Don’t back down. Find someone to lean on; there has to be someone out there you can find to support you and your life. If there’s no one in real life, then there are plenty of forums and websites where trustworthy people are available to talk to
Find your support network, and keep it. Friends will be everything to you in these hard times of bullying;
Follow your passions. This could be something like cooking, fashion design, painting, writing, or even running. Doing what you love really keeps your mind focused on something you know will make you happy.
From The Parent Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN:
Stick with friends. There is safety in numbers. Avoid being alone in target areas like locker rooms, restrooms, and places where the bully hangs out.
Be assertive and confident. Stand up for yourself. Use body language to show you are not afraid. Stand up straight and make eye contact.
Ignore the bully. Walk away. Don’t respond.
Get out of the situation. Agree with the bully’s comments. Say “Whatever” or “You’re right.” Then walk away. Don’t seek revenge. Remember that using violence to solve problems only makes things worse.
Get help. If you are being bullied, don’t keep it a secret. Ask friends or adults for help. Report all bullying incidents.
From submissions to NRS:
Speak Out. If you are being bullied, it’s important that you seek out help. Talk to a trusted adult (parent, teacher, counselor, etc.) about what is going on. If you are feeling overwhelmed, trying to find ways to cope with the stress may help. Receiving support whether it’s from friends, family members, therapy, or a support group is helpful.
Educate. Bullying is a problem that can be combated with the proper education. In many cases, bullying stems from not knowing how to accept others who are different from you. You may not always appreciate others’ differences, but you should respect them and allow them to be who they are.
Other great resources:
We hope you are able to use some of these ideas and resources to allow your children to deal with their situation. If you need more advice or simply would like to speak with someone about your needs, please contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or through our website 1800RUNAWAY.org.