Tackling Bullying in Our Community
Bullying is a real problem and needs our attention. Being bullied has long-lasting and serious effects. There are many different types of bullying and the signs are not always easy to see. The more empowered you are and the more you can help yourself the better chance you have to stop the bully.
The ministry of Johnson Organization Foundation, INC USA collaborates with other organizations and local churches to raise awareness on issues such as bullying. We collaborate with the NYPD, community-based institutions and public-spirited people to tackle bullying in the community.
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Three Types of Bullying We Need to Tackle
Physical bullying involves hurting a person's body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
- Making mean or rude hand gestures
- Taking or breaking someone’s things
Social bullying, often referred to as “relational bullying,” involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
- Embarrassing someone in public
- Leaving someone out on purpose
- Spreading rumors about someone
- Telling other children not to be friends with someone
Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Threatening to cause harm
Cyber Bullying Is Also a Real Threat to Our Youth
Cyberbullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved, not just the person being bullied but those doing the bullying or participating in it. Digital devices offer an ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day, so it can be difficult for children experiencing cyberbullying to find relief.
Most information communicated electronically is permanent and public if not reported and removed. A negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment and other areas of life.
Because teachers and parents may not overhear or see cyberbullying taking place, it is harder to recognize. Although all states have laws requiring schools to respond to bullying, many states do not include cyberbullying under these laws or specify the role schools should play in responding to bullying that takes place outside of school.
Schools may act either as required by law or with local or school policies that allow them to discipline or take other action. Some states also have provisions to address bullying if it affects school performance.
How to Prevent Bullying
Parents, school staff and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying. They can help kids understand bullying.
- Encourage kids to do what they love. Special activities, interests, and hobbies can boost confidence, help kids make friends and protect them from bullying behavior.
- Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school and understand their concerns.
Make sure kids know how to get help.
- Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.
- Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely.
- Tell kids bullying is unacceptable.
Help Kids Understand Bullying
Kids who know what bullying is can better identify it. They can talk about bullying if it happens to them or others. Kids need to know ways to safely stand up to bullying and how to get help.
- Encourage kids to speak to a trusted adult if they are bullied or see others being bullied. The adult can give comfort, support and advice, even if they can’t solve the problem directly.
- Encourage the child to report bullying if it happens. Talk about how to stand up to kids who bully. Give tips, like using humor and saying stop directly and confidently. Talk about what to do if those actions don’t work, like walking away.
- Talk about strategies for staying safe, such as staying near adults or groups of other kids.
- Urge them to help kids who are bullied by showing kindness or getting help.
Research tells us that children really do look to parents and caregivers for advice and help on tough decisions. Sometimes spending 15 minutes a day talking can reassure kids that they can talk to their parents if they have a problem. Start conversations about daily life and feelings.
Keep Up-To-Date With Kids' Lives
There are simple ways that parents and caregivers can keep up-to-date with kids’ lives.
- Read class newsletters and school flyers and talk about them at home
- Check the school website
- Go to school events
- Greet the bus driver
- Meet teachers and counselors at back to school nights or reach out by email
- Share phone numbers with other kid’s parents
Encourage Kids to Do What They Love
Help kids take part in activities, interests and hobbies they like. Kids can volunteer, play sports, sing in a chorus or join a youth group or school club. These activities give kids a chance to have fun and meet others with the same interests. They can build confidence and friendships that help protect kids from bullying.
Model How to Treat Others with Kindness and Respect
Kids learn from adult’s actions. By treating others with kindness and respect, adults show the kids in their lives that there is no place for bullying. Even if it seems like they are not paying attention, kids are watching how adults manage stress and conflict, as well as how they treat their friends, colleagues and families.