Anti-Bullying – Prevention Is Better Than Cure
It’s a real fact of life that many people are subjected to bullying behaviours from other people.
Whilst it’s hard to understand what makes people bully others, or to feel empowered enough to help those who are being treated badly it doesn’t have to be this way. You have choices.
How to help someone if you see them being bullied?
There are many options you can take in and out of school to help someone if you see them being bullied. Even if you feel scared, you have opportunities to seek assistance for the person on the receiving end of unwanted behaviour.
It can be hard to stand up for yourself or others, especially when you’re frightened or uncomfortable, but consider some of the following steps to help make the transition to being pro-active an easy one.
What to do if you are being bullied?
If you are being bullied, walk away. It’s a simple enough concept, but the need to want to retaliate can make a problem bigger. It might not solve the issue entirely, but it could lower tensions and discomfort, and perhaps the bully will lose interest if they see you’re ignoring them.
If you see someone being bullied, try not to sit idly by. Observing intimidation of another is a silent way of encouraging it. You may not be active in your encouragement, but silence is a way of allowing things stay as they are.
Bullying should never be allowed to continue, without rapid intervention. You may not want to get physically involved, but you have the opportunity to seek help from someone in a more authoritative position, without drawing attention to yourself.
If you are being bullied. Try to stay calm. This isn’t easy, your first response might be to fight back or become upset. Bullies thrive on reaction and attention, but they don’t deserve it. If anything, we should feel sorry for them as this appears to be their only choice when trying to summon an audience and misguided kudos.
If a friend reveals they’re being bullied, take it seriously. Allow them to share their concerns and support them by seeking assistance from a trusted elder.
Bullying is a serious matter. It’s not something to be brushed off, ignored or joked about. Bullied people need empathy and understanding, bullies need help to find another way to seek the attention they crave.
Some people bully because they can. Some have never had positive role models to show them how to treat others, and it’s important they too receive help. A young bully can grow into a bullying adult.
And nobody wants to be on the receiving end of that.