Bullying is not pre-wired, harmless, or inevitable.
It’s learned, harmful, and controllable.
It spreads if supported or left unchecked.
And it can
be effectively stopped or prevented.
These facts come from the Education Development Center’s Eyes on Bullying Toolkit, along with a host of other helpful information for parents, educators, kids, and care providers who work with kids in schools, homes, youth programs, camps, and healthcare.
One of many tools in the kit is info about how kids can respond to bullying and abuse. There are three ways to handle bullying, says the EDC: Giving In, Hurting Back, and Standing Up
. And “each time a child practices an assertive response, fearful and helpless thoughts are replaced by strong and confident ones.”
The kit offers fun and effective activities to help kids get comfortable with being assertive, including practicing 11 strategies for standing up to bullying behavior, such as:
- Take a deep breath and sit or stand up tall.
- Have a relaxed facial expression.
- Maintain eye contact.
- Speak with a calm, confident tone of voice.
- Reply briefly and directly, without name-calling or using threatening gestures.
Get details, the rest of the Tips for Standing Up to Bullies, strategies for bystanders to stand up, and much more in the Eyes on Bullying Toolkit
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to check out our School Bullying Prevention Difference Makers.