11 Ways You Can Help to Stop Bullying
1) Learn about the issue
Media attention on bullying and cyberbullying is increasing rapidly. The more informed and better educated you are, the more effective you can be in impacting the problem. You can find links to articles on bullying prevention on our website or do a Google search of terms like “bullying”, “cyberbullying”, etc.
2) Walk the talk
Children learn many social cues from adults, parents/caregivers, and their peers. By modeling empathy, tolerance and respect in your actions and communication, you impart these values, and influence the attitudes and behaviors of your children.
3) Talk with your children
Often, if children are involved in bullying as either targets or aggressors, they are reluctant to talk about it. Ask your children about their social experience at school, especially if they seem withdrawn or are exhibiting unusual changes in their mood or behavior.
4) Monitor your child online
Cyberbullying is the fastest growing type of peer-on-peer mistreatment today. It is important for parents to be able to monitor their children’s use of Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites, both at home and on mobile devices.
5) Understand your school’s policies
Rules, procedures and policies regarding bullying vary greatly from district to district. Many states have enacted anti-bullying legislation, but implementation at the school site may be lacking. Speak with school officials and your school board about what policies they have in place and what programs they have implemented to address bullying and cyberbullying.
6) Identify and build alliances in your community
Local service clubs, PTA’s, local government and businesses can be a source of support and funding for bullying and cyberbullying prevention programs like Safe School Ambassadors. Working with the various stakeholders in your community is an effective way to build a coalition and create safer school climates.
7) Advocate for safer schools
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, attend or join your local PTA or school board, or start a community group dedicated to addressing bullying and cyberbullying at your local schools.
8) Join our “Waking Up Courage” Community Online
9) Sponsor a workshop
Community Matters offers Parent Workshops that provide parents and guardians with an understanding of what bullying is today, the social, emotional and financial costs to students, parents and schools, and communication tips to effectively support children and teens.
10) Sponsor Safe School Ambassadors® (SSA) at a school
Many schools have the desire to provide proven effective school climate improvement programs like Safe School Ambassadors®, but lack the funding to implement them. By sponsoring SSA at your local school or alma mater, you can create positive change by reducing bullying and cyberbullying, creating a climate of safety, inclusiveness and respect. Click here to learn how Spencer Sherman sponsored the SSA program at his alma mater, Bayside High School in New York.
11) Support Community Matters financially
Community Matters welcomes your tax-deductible donation of any amount to help provide its programs and services to schools in need. Go to our Donate page to make a secure donation.