Stop Bullying Now

Invest in a program that fits your school.

How can I take action against bullying?

I can stand up to bullies and notify people when and where it takes place. I plan to reach out to students and schools through social media or a website.

What Should You Do?

Take action to end bullying once and for all. Have a program at your local school that fits like a glove with the curriculum.

Ways to Take Action

Make posters, be friendly to others, and most important, don't bully anyone. I need school boards, principals, a website creator and anti-bullying social media accounts to complete my task.

Real World Issues

Bullying occurs everywhere in the world and people of many ages are bullied in different ways. This matters because stopping bullying would make a positive impact on the world.

Effects of Bullying

Bullying is a repeated action that causes damage to victims externally or internally, and it takes effect on victims in may ways. Adults and children can go through bullying and will react in different ways. Children will sometimes cry, have nightmares, rip their clothes, be generally depressed and hesitate to go to school. Children need the perfect environment and amount of time to develop. Bullying takes away the safe environment. Adults can be bullied at work by cyber-bullying, teasing, threats, job loss, humiliation, gossip, unmanageable workloads and intimidation. Adults may get mad and unleash their anger on their children. The children will get upset or angry and may become a bully.

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Anti-bullying Program

Anti-bullying programs are needed when bullying is a concern. What is not known as much is that programs may not work because of the program not being effective with the school or the children. Finding a program that fits is like trying on jeans. Some are too small and you can't squeeze into them. some are too big and have too much room. Finally you find jeans that fit perfect. That is what bullying programs are like. Some programs are focused on one area while the more effective programs take a school-wide approach. Anyone can be a bully. Therefore, finding a bully and stopping them alone wouldn't solve the problem. Other kids could arise as a bully without notice. Effective programs also have school commitment long-term. A clear, unchanging message that promotes stopping bullying. A positive message should also be implemented. Negativity could result in lower student morale. Different ages and grades should have different approaches. Programs should use more maturity for higher grades. A program with a mascot or a goofy tag line would work for younger children but not so much for high school students. Bullying can be predicted by how bullying happens. Girls prefer to bully indirectly. This includes name-calling, teasing, spreading rumors and gossip. Boys like to bully in a more physical manner. Kicking, hitting and punching are common. The punishments for bullying need to be constant, but not severe. Detentions and suspensions should be replaced with reflective sessions. Bullies can reflect on their actions with support from a teacher or counselor. Before putting a program into place, a "pretest" of sorts would be given to the students. The pretest would gather information from students about bullying they may be a part of or have seen. Students can also make suggestions as the program progresses to make sure the program is always at its peak of effectiveness. School administrators can send home documents that need to be signed by the student and parent or guardian. This will state that the student will not bully others and a course of action will be taken if they do. Parents need to be informed when their child is bullying another kid or is being bullied. Parents can talk with their children about plans for a bullying situation. To get my program started, I plan to find out what action is already being taken. I also plan to talk to a guidance counselor about starting a program.

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Support of Victims

Victims need support to stand up to a bully and recover from any incidents. Peer support is very important to a victim's well being. If a friend is being bullied, you can break it up and walk away from the bully. Make sure your friend doesn't show emotion when dealing with a bully. Bullies want to see a reaction from their victims. Always be positive when near your friend. Without peer support, victims think they are being mocked. Support causes anxiety and depression levels to drop. Self esteem can take a big hit when a person is bullied. If a friend helps raise the self esteem, bullies will not see as much of a reaction from the victim.
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Harassment Intimidation and Bullying Action Team (HIBAT)

The HIBAT should be a mix of students, parents and teachers. Anyone can be a part of the group, and no organization is needed. The purpose of the HIBAT is to stop bullying by using the talents of everyone involved. Reports on bullying can be filed by teachers when they see it happen. Teachers can also make sure that bullying never happens to a student. Having a patrol in the hallways is a good way to make sure of this. Teachers could take a training session on the side so they know how to stop bullying effectively. Bullies and victims should be taken to a counselor or official on hand. Parents can speak up for their child when they are being bullied, teach their kids the right way to act in each bullying situation and talk with the child about school bullying situations. Students can help their friends when they're being bullied by staying around the victim as much as possible so they are never alone. Having a group of friends helps confidence. Teachers and parents can help children make friends if they don't have any.
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Works Cited

Ansary, Nadia S., et al. “Bullying in schools: research has yet to precisely prescribe a remedy for school bullying, but some guidelines are emerging to help schools choose programs that best fit their situation.” Phi Delta Kappan 97.2 (2015): 30. Student Resources in Context. Web. 11 Jan. 2016.

Faucher, Chantal, Wanda Cassidy, and Margaret Jackson. “From The Sandbox To The Inbox: Comparing The Acts, Impacts, And Solutions Of Bullying In K-12, Higher Education, And The Workplace.” Journal Of Education And Training Studies 3.6 (2015): 111-125. ERIC. Web. 8 Jan. 2016.

“How Parents, Teachers and Kids can Take Action Against Bullying.” American Psychological Association. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Jan. 2016. <http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/bullying.aspx>.

Isiklar, Abdullah, Ali Haydar Sar, and Aslihan Celik. “Examining the correlation between perceived social support in adolescence and bullying in terms of prediction.” Education 132.4 (2012): 889+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 26 Jan. 2016.

“Prevention at School.” stopbullying.gov. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2016. <http://www.stopbullying.gov/>.