We have been discussing that adults must never consider bullying in any form as unimportant. To a child, being bullied in any form (verbal, physical, or relationship) is devastating.
Once kids have spoken to you, their teacher, and parents about being bullied, there are lots of things children can do to prevent future bullying. First we suggested children learn to stand up for themselves assertively click here to see what children can say to bullies to help stand up for themselves.
Here are some more tips from By Lois Flaherty M.D. of the American Psychiatric Association:
1. Don't walk alone. Travel with at least one other person whenever you can.
2. Avoid places where bullying happens. Take a different route to and from school. Leave your house or school a little earlier or later to avoid the bully.
3. Sit near the bus driver on the school bus or walk with a teacher to classes.
4. Don't bring expensive things or money to school.
5. Label belongings with permanent marker in case they get stolen.
6. Avoid unsupervised areas of the school and situations where you are by yourself. Make sure they are not alone in the locker room or bathroom.
7. Act confident. Hold your head up, stand up straight, and make eye contact.
8. Brainstorm bully comebacks ahead of time, and practice them in the mirror. That way they will have them ready when they need them!
Reference: Public Broadcasting System, PBS ONLINE® and pbskids.org, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria VA 22314.
What advice would you give to children who are being bullied?