October - Beat Bullying at Your School
Teen Tip: So many teens across the country wake up each day afraid to go to school. If they are feeling like the target of another person or group of people over and over again, they might be experiencing a form of bullying. It might be physical, verbal, or cyber bullying.
Would you know what to do if you saw this happening? Do you feel like you would have the confidence needed to stick up for someone when it’s happening right in front of you? Want to become an ally in situations like these? You can help your school become a bully-free zone.
First, you will first need to team up with teachers or school staff members who can make real change. Teachers and staff need your help. You see things they do not. From the eyes of a student, you can help them better understand or become better aware of what needs to be done.
Here's a list of some things to get you started:
- Start by making an appointment with your school principal or a staff member to talk about ways students can help prevent bullying.
- Look at your school’s policy and rules related to bullying.
- Set up safe and private reporting options for students.
- Create a campaign to raise awareness in your school.
- Talk about how to prevent bullying with your classmates.
- Be a leader in helping to teach respect and inclusion at school.
- Join your school safety committee.
You have more power than you think. Learn how to turn that into something that can help other students in your school. For more information on how to prevent bullying in your own school, check out this Fact Sheet here.