Today, we went shopping for school supplies. Having just returned from a Disney vacation two weeks ago, it is a little hard to fathom that it is time to start thinking about back-to-school already. But it is. In just a few days, it will be August 1 and we will all be in full back-to-school mode.
In honor of the back-to-school season, I would like to take this time to encourage you to start thinking about bullying prevention this school year. In fact, 28% of students aged 12 to 18 were bullied at school during the 2009 school year. And many predict this number is growing.
Moreover, bullying is a complex problem that often leaves kids feeling alone, ashamed and depressed. They also are more likely to experience headaches, stomachaches, eating disorders, sleep problems and anxiety issues.
And yet, we can all do something to put an end to it. Whether you are a parent, a guidance counselor or a teacher, there are a number of things you can do not only to help prevent bullying and cyberbullying, but also to help victims of bullying.
Take a look at these resources for ideas on preventing bullying and for assisting victims of bullying. With your help, bullying at your child's school can diminish significantly.
- 8 Ways to Avoid Raising a Bully
- 6 Steps to Protecting Your Teen's Online Reputation
- How to Bully-Proof Your Middle School Daughter
- 8 Skills Kids Need to Avoid Bullies at School
Victims of Bullying
- 8 Things Victims of Bullying Should Never Do
- 8 Ways Educators Can Support Victims of Bullying
- 6 Things to Say to Your Kids When They're Bullied
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