Students across the globe are taking a stand against bullying and you can, too!
Bullying is not new, it just seems to be running rampant. But why? What makes some people want to hurt others so badly? Whether it’s with words or physical force, bullying is painful for everyone involved.
Here are some ways you can help stop bullying in your school:
If you see or hear someone bullying another student, speak up. However, be careful to first evaluate the severity of the situation. If it seems to be escalating and heading for violent behavior in any way, notify a teacher or school administrator immediately. (Safety should always come first.)
If you find yourself a victim of bullying, stand up for yourself as best you can. It’s okay to tell others that their words are hurtful. It’s okay to tell them that you do not have to listen to their words of degradation or hate. It’s okay to take a stand for what you know is right — and your right to be who you are.
Lead by example
The best way to deter bullying is to be a positive example. Be respectful of others, accepting of their differences and confident in yours. Show your peers that you can be the smiling face they need to see every day. Let everyone know that you are a person who stands up for every student’s right to feel safe and accepted in school.
Bullying is becoming an epidemic, but you can put a stop to it; Yes, YOU! If you make the choice to speak up, stand up and lead, you can make a positive impact in your school, your community and the world.
Kindness is contagious — so start spreading a little!