You’ve seen it on the news, the recent bullying issue within the Miami Dolphin’s football team, an adult team nonetheless. This is indicative of the fact that bullying is not only a “kids” dilemma in our country. So how is it possible that people can be so mean? Does anyone like to be mistreated? No. Then why would anyone think it’s okay to bully others? Why does it seem like this is an ever-growing problem? What’s being done about it?
A lot of questions can be asked concerning this issue. I don’t have all the answers, but I think it’s important for everyone to play their part. Here are a few ways you can help:
1. Be Respectful: Don’t engage in conversations that tear people down, including gossiping, name-calling, and negative body language. Simply start with yourself by being kind, thoughtful, and respectful of others. That way when you’re out in the world, you’ll be a shining example.
2. Don’t Jump up on the Bully Bandwagon: When you see someone being bullied or mistreated, don’t join in on the cruelty. Be brave and stand up for the individual being bullied.
3. Join Together as a Group: You don’t have to stand up to a bully alone. Others see what is happening too. Join together as a group and tell the bully to stop.
4. Talk to a Trustworthy Individual: Whether you’re younger or older, doesn’t matter. Don’t keep any bullying or mistreatment to yourself. Talk to someone. Let others know what’s happening.
5. Don’t Take Negativity to Heart: Don’t ever believe that the negative and unkind things people say to you are true. Don’t take negativity to heart. We live in a pretty tough world, and it’s best to learn to let things roll off your shoulder. But if you ever have a serious problem, don’t let it go. Take action. Your life is special. You deserve respect.
6. Be informed: Go online and look up bullying laws. Be informed. If someone is bullying you or a friend, let them know the laws. Information is power. Protect yourself with it.
Here’s a terrific site to become more informed and an outlet for help if you need it! http://antibullyingblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/17-anti-bullying-pictures-for-classroom.html