Dear Amy: How can I help fight bullying? — Madison, Gaffney, S.C.
Dear Madison: Bullying is a serious problem that affects many kids, and I’m so glad you want to help! If you or someone you know is being bullied, the most important thing you can do is tell a parent, teacher, guidance counselor or other trusted adult. Adults can help only if they know that bullying is happening, so be sure to speak up. Something else that can help is to be a friend to someone who is being bullied. Kids are more likely to be picked on if they are alone, so having friends around may help discourage a bully. Having a friend to talk to can also help bullied kids feel better. For more advice, visit mcgruff.org/#/Advice.
Also, check out Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying campaign at cartoonnetwork.com/promos/stopbullying. This site has resources for students, parents and educators who want to make a difference. You can watch videos, earn badges, Take the Pledge to Speak Up against bullying, and print flags to raise awareness and display your support. You can encourage your friends to get involved, too – the more people who take a stand against bullying, the better it is for everyone!
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