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How to Stop an Act of Bullying

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Here is the scenario. You witness one boy shove another and call him names, or you see any other apparent display of bullying. As a teacher, parent, or just a passing individual, what is the correct course of action?

  • Simply ignore the behavior and hope the involved kids will sort thing out on their own?
  • Attempt to solve the dispute on the spot?
  • Demand each immediately express their apologies to the other?

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If you responded with a yes to any of the above solutions, you got it wrong. According to the experts, the last thing you should do is ignore the bullying. Furthermore, immediately trying to get the kids to talk things out is not the way to go. For that matter, neither is getting other children to speak out in public about what they witnessed.

The best way to stop bullying in the process is to:

  1. Intercede as fast as you can.
  2. Pull both parties apart
  3. Confirm everyone is okay
  4. Call for medical help if necessary
  5. Remain calm and calm those involved as well as those watching the fight
  6. Be a role model while stopping the aggression: exhibit controlled, courteous and considerate conduct

 

Should risks of serious violence or illegal activity be an issue, immediately call law enforcers. Lastly, show the victim that you are on his/her side.

This can be done by:

  • Hearing him/her out
  • Underscoring his/her innocence in the bullying matter
  • Understanding a victim’s tendency to remain silent about the incident – and directing him/her to talk to a qualified counselor
  • Guiding him/her how to react to another similar occurrence
  • Arranging a meeting between the victim, parents and school in order to solve the problem
  • Continuously monitoring the situation while working to put an end to it

For more on this topic, visit stopbullying.gov.

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Summary: If you see a bully in action, what should the responsible adult do? PRIME Insurance highlights this important issue of the day.


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