Bullying Prevention Month and Why It Is Important - Royals Lesson!


Ciao royals, today’s “lesson” is about Octobers significance as Bullying Prevention Month.


In America, October is National Bullying Prevention Month.


STATISTICS:

In a 2011 study, it was found that 28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying, 70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools, and 15% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year. (SOURCE- StopBullying.gov)

What is Bullying?

Bullying can be defined as repeated unwanted aggressive behavior usually but not always involving a power imbalance. The important parts of this definition are:

-REPEATED: Bullying is a PATTERN of behaviors. Bullying is a repeated behavior/series of behaviors. 

-UNWANTED: The target of the bullying does not want the behaviors of the bully to be occurring.

MYTHS ABOUT BULLYING:

MYTH: It is always physical.
FACT: Bullying can be repeated physical altercations, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, or slander/gossip.
MYTH: It only happens to children.
FACT: Adults can also be bullied by other adults.
MYTH: It only happens in schools.
FACT: Bullying can happen anywhere, even in a workplace.

HOW TO DEAL WITH BULLYING:

-If you are a minor, tell a trusted adult, like a teacher, school faculty member, parent, or guardian.

-If you are an adult, try to talk to the bully and tell them that what they are doing is inappropriate and unprofessional. 

-If you are an adult, and the situation has escalated beyond calm conversation, bring the issue to someone like management, Human Resources, or a supervisor. 

-If the bullying is occurring in an online setting, block the bully/report their hateful comments/posts. 

-If you are a blogger/writer/content creator and you are receiving anon hate, turn off the anon comment privileges on your site.


HOW TO HELP SOMEONE BEING BULLIED:

-Stand up for them.
-Be their friend, and support them through the bullying.
-Encourage them to tell someone who can help, like a teacher/supervisor.
-Don’t let others talk badly about them around you. Gossip can be stopped by someone who tells the truth.


OTHER RESOURCES FOR THESE SITUATIONS:

How to Deal with a Subtle Bully:



Remember that you are amazing and wonderful just as you are. Don’t let this world change your beautiful spirit.

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