Dear Amy: How can we stop bullying in school? — Anonymous, Vicksburg, Miss.
Dear Anonymous: According to poll results from KidsHealth, kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/school/poll_bullying.html, nearly half of the kids surveyed said they had been bullied before. Bullying is a serious problem, but there are plenty of things you can to do help. Examine your own behavior and make sure that you never bully others. If you’re being bullied, don’t respond with violence. The best thing to do if you’re being bullied, or see someone else being bullied, is to tell a teacher or another trusted adult. If you feel safe enough to speak up, then tell the bully to “Stop it!”
Want to learn more about dealing with bullies? There are lots of great resources online such as KidsHealth, kidshealth.org/kid/grow/school_stuff/
bullies.html, and Pacer Kids Against Bullying, www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.
org. StopBullying.gov has information for kids, teens, parents, educators and more. Check out some webisodes and learn how to get help with bullying problems. Bullying is a tough issue to tackle, but together we can make a difference in our schools and communities.
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