Bullying

Posted on November 1, 2011

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Questions: I’m being bullied. At home, at school, everywhere! What do I do?

Answer:
One in seven students in grades k-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying, so you’re not alone. Bullying is a big problem and has gotten worse because of all the new technology we have.

Being bullied at home is a very difficult case because it’s not just bullying-it’s bullying from a loved one or someone close to you. When a family member bullies you, make sure you make it obvious. If they still don’t stop, you need connect with someone who can help because being bullied at home is very unhealthy. Along with that, family members tend to joke, so your bullying may be their joking. Tell them if it hurts you.

Fifty-six percent of students have witnessed bullying and only about one-fourth of those students have acted upon it. To get some personal incite on bullying I went to Brooke Reese, creator of the Croatan club KABS (Kids Against Bullying in Schools). Brooke said, “It’s hard to avoid it in the 21st century because of Facebook and texting and all.” Brooke was right.

The different types of bulling are physical bullying, verbal bullying, indirect bullying, and cyber bullying. Out of all the types one stands out with the most ways you can get bullied, and that’s cyber. [Text messaging threats, sending pictures and videos of beatings you made on someone, calling and harassing, emailing insults, chat room harassing, instant messaging threats, and using a website to do all you can to break someone down are examples of cyber bullying.]

First thing you need to do is recognize how your being bullied, such as verbal, cyber, ex. Next you need to try your best to solve it in a manner that won’t affect anyone else or cause drama. Here are seven skills you can use right away against bullying that Irene Van Der Zande, Kid Power executive Director, made. Walk with awareness, be calm, and have confidence; leave in a powerful, positive way; set a boundary; use your voice; protect your feelings from name calling; speak up for inclusions; and if it all leads to it, getting help from teachers, parents, anyone.

When I asked Brooke Reese on how to handle bullying, she said, “Surround your self with people you know truly care about and love you for who you are and always have confidence in yourself.”

You can also join KABS. To join all you have to do is make a pledge to try to prevent bullying in your community. You also have to pledge not to bully. If you want to know more you can go to kabsnow.org.

Reported by Sarah Braun

 

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