Stop Bullying In Its Tracks
Children and teenagers can help but Safety is ultimately an ADULT responsibility. In the article, "Five Actions Adults Can Take NOW to Stop Bullying", as well as being directed to two other articles, we as adults learn:
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- Insist on powerful, respectful adult leadership.
Kids need YOU to take personal responsibility for managing their emotional and physical safety.
- Make SURE kids know that you CARE.
Don't just assume they know. No matter how busy you are, tell young people often, "Your safety and well being are the most important things in the world to me. If anything bothers you, I want to know, and I will do my best to help you."
- Keep your radar on.
The best anti-bullying programs in the world won't work if the adults in charge don't know what their kids are doing and saying.
- Don't let kids throw stones.
Intervene immediately in a powerful, respectful way so that you stop a child being unkind to another with the same determination that you would stop that child from throwing a rock through a window.
- Teach kids skills for taking charge of their safety.
People are more prepared to do in real life what they have practised.
If every adult were to take these five actions consistently, you would not only stop bullying but families, schools, youth organizations, and neighbourhoods could become communities of caring, respect, and safety for all their members.