Teaching kids how to react to reduce bullying

Holly - posted on 10/02/2010 ( no moms have responded yet )

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Ok now we have a boy with a broken arm because he wants to be a cheerleader and ignorant people don't know that cheerleading was started by a man, or that there are thousands of male cheerleaders in colleges nation wide. Cheerleading is considered a sport. So we are having bulling of people in an unusual sport.

How kids can react to reduce bullying- The bystanders (not the bully, not the target, everyone else are the bystanders) are very powerful. Most bystanders disaprove of bullying and want it to stop. See Stan Davis Empowering Bystanders They need to be taught to do 3 things.

1 Tell an adult, if they don't listen tell another adult. Tell your parents and have them tell the school.
2 Befriend the target by talking to them; "Hi, how are you today? I thought the bullies were really mean to you. I don't understand why they don't like you."
Befriend the target by including them. Invite the target to join your group, sit with you, be on your team, walk home, work on a school project.
3 Intervene indirectly without confronting the bully. If you see bullying, call to the target: "Hey John, we need your help." or "Hey Sarah, we are waiting for you."

These kind of actions are easy and safe. Bystanders will find that others will join their efforts to help the targets of bullying.

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