Bullying can be frightening, physically and emotionally damaging, to some for the rest of their lives. Adults, school age children and even preschoolers can experience bullying. If you’re worried your child is being bullied, you can look for physical, emotional, social and other signs. Especially children, they should never be left to sort out bullying on their own. They can be seriously hurt by it. It’s important for you to stop bullying quickly, before it damages a child’s confidence.
Don’t Stop Project will be offering comprehensive training to the staff and students of schools soon. We are currently building a database of knowledge through direct data collection from various sources and methods. This data will allow us to see bullying from several points of view and demographics. Only with factual data can a program be developed. Please check back often to keep track of the progress in our blog section.
State and local lawmakers have acted to prevent bullying and protect children. Through laws (in their state education codes and elsewhere) and model policies (that provide guidance to districts and schools), each state addresses bullying differently. Find out how your state refers to bullying in its laws and what they require on part of schools and districts.
WHAT SCHOOLS CAN DO?
States laws generally require that school officials report bullying—incidents that they witnessed and those they know about—to a designated official. They also provide a procedure for students, parents, and officials to report bullying. A procedure for investigating and responding to these reports is also provided. Many require that the parents of the victim and the bully be notified, along with law enforcement if appropriate. This can also include a procedure for referring the victim or the bully to counseling or other mental health services where appropriate.
WHAT KIDS CAN DO?
If you are being bullied or know someone who is, say something! Be a person who stands up for what you believe in. Standing out from the crowd by taking action can inspire your peers, and will shape your character to make you into a more empowered person.