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I Witnessed Bullying – What Should I Do?
Oct 25, 2013 | Author: Blatchford, Lindsey, College Nannies and Tutors

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. In order to celebrate this month, the staff at College Nannies and Tutors wants to do our part in spreading the news about bullying prevention. We believe that teaching our children and teachers how to deal with bullying is one of the best ways to prevent bullying from spreading. However, knowing what to do when you are a witness to bullying is never easy. Below we have come up with a list of things you can do if you are a witness to bullying.

Speak Up

One of the most important things you can teach your child is to speak up when they feel something is wrong. Whether your child is a witness to bullying or is the victim of bullying, speaking up is the key to ending bullying.

Let your child know that they can make a difference by speaking up and telling someone of power such as a teacher, principal, or parent. Make sure your child knows the difference between telling and tattling. Telling an adult about an act that they consider bullying is not considered tattling. Your child should never be afraid to speak up when something is wrong.

Reach Out

Another way your child can deal with bullying in their school is to reach out to the victim who is being bullied. Teach your child that they are no different from the child being bullied. Have your child reach out to the victim of bullying. Tell them they don’t deserve to be treated that way, and that they need to inform an adult about the situation. A child standing up against his or her peers is the best way to prevent bullying in schools.

Be a Friend

Teach your child to befriend other kids who are being bullied. Simply teach them to include these children by inviting them to play, giving them a compliment, or inviting them to hang out with their friends. When your student reaches out to the child who is being bullied, they will feel accepted and not alone. This can make a world of difference in the life of a bullying victim.

If you or someone you know is having issues with bullying, inform someone of power immediately. A teacher, parent, or peer will be able to find you the help you need to overcome bullying. 

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