What Can I Do If I See Someone Being Bullied?

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Those who witness bullying have the power to stop it. If you see someone being bullied, show that you CARE. Care about others Ask an adult for help Reach out End it Tips: If you see someone being bullied, offer to help. Invite him or her to hang out with you and your friends (people who bully often target someone … Read More

Working with Bystanders

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Recognizing the crucial role of bystanders in bullying is essential. Those who witness bullying and harassment have the most power to stop it. On the other hand, students who witness bullying and do nothing to stop it become desensitized to the harm that it causes and the cycle of bullying and harassment continues. It is therefore essential to create a … Read More

If Your Child Bullies Others

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Stay calm Don’t allow your initial response to control your actions. Take action to calm yourself so that you can think rationally. Be firm Set limits and give clear messages that you love your child but don’t love his or her behaviour – all harassing and bullying must stop. Talk about how harassment affects others. Impose appropriate, non-violent, logical consequences. … Read More

If Your Child Experiences Bullying

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Be calm Don’t allow your initial response to control your actions. Take action to stay calm so that you can think rationally. Offer comfort Let your child know you are on his or her side and will do all you can to see that he or she is safe. Tell your child that reporting bullying was the right thing to … Read More

If Your Child Witnesses Bullying

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Silence encourages bullying behaviour. Thank your child for having the courage to tell you about it. A warm, non-judgemental manner will set the stage for this discussion. Model caring and concern for others. This will serve your child well in the future. Stay calm and get the facts. Find out the names of those involved. Get the sequence of events … Read More

Intervening With Students Who Bully

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It is important to understand that students who engage in bullying behaviour need support just as much as those who are bullied. This can sometimes mean moving from a punishment approach to a problem-solving approach. In the problem-solving approach, the student becomes part of the solution. Instead of punishing negative behaviour, the goal is for the student to learn a … Read More

Supporting Students Who Experience Bullying

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Research shows that adult intervention is the single most effective way to stop bullying behaviour. Adult visibility within the school has also shown to be effective. Ensure that school staff members are visible in and around the school, particularly during unstructured times such as before class, breaks and over the lunch hour. Encourage students to report bullying and harassment and … Read More

Talking With Parents About Bullying

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Ensure the school’s code of conduct addresses bullying behaviour directly and clearly describes how the school will respond. Consider identifying a key person at the school for parents to contact when bullying behaviour is an issue. Speak to the parents of the student who has been bullied and the student who is engaging in bullying behaviour separately. Use clear and … Read More

What Can I Do If I Am Bullied?

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If you are bullied, recognize that it is not your fault, and know that you have the right to be safe. To be safe, think SAFE: Stand up for your self Ask for help Figure out your choices End it calmly. Tips: If you are bullied, stand proud and make eye contact. Use a firm voice and tell the person … Read More

What Can I Do If I Bully Others?

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If you are always picking on other students, you have a problem. It may be hard to admit you have a problem, but we all have to own up to how we treat other people. It’s not right to want to make others feel badly. If bullying behaviour makes you feel powerful, you must realize that no one really likes … Read More