We go to the doctor for regular checkups; we take our cars to the garage for maintenance. Taking care of potential hazards before they get out of hand is second nature to many people.
So why has bullying become such a problem?
Sometimes, we don’t recognize the issue, or we feel powerless to stop what’s happening. Maybe we’re afraid of getting involved in someone else’s business, or we’re looking for the right way to deal with it.
Bullying behavior hurts more than the victim; it affects everyone connected to the situation. Little Pickle Press has gathered a list of resources to help you identify, report, and (hopefully) prevent bullying.
1. Kidpower. Little Pickle’s partner in prevention, Kidpower offers lots of easy-to-implement ideas and kid-friendly information. You’ll find tools for parents and teachers, and safety solutions for all ages.
2. Stopbullying.gov. The name says it all. A collection of facts, videos, and games will not only teach kids to recognize the signs of bullying behavior, but to understand why that behavior is never acceptable.
3. Trudyludwig.com. Author of the recently-reviewed My Secret Bully, Trudy Ludwig has put together an impressive resource list for parents and teachers. Lesson plans from her award-winning books are available, and caregivers will benefit from a list of organizations and websites that provide “next step” advice, whether their child is a victim or a witness—or a bully.
4. NEA.org. The National Education Association has created a resource list especially for the campus setting. Built around the “Bully Free: It Starts with Me” pledge, the campaign offers practical advice for educators on how to identify and intervene when bullying is suspected, as well as how to advocate for students who have been bullied.
Naturally, these are just a few of the resources available. If you have a story to tell, or you’d like to share the name of a site or organization that was helpful to you, please let us know in the comments. October is Bullying Prevention Month, but every day is a chance to step up and speak out.