Social bullying is a form of bullying that involves manipulating, excluding, or spreading rumors about someone. Here are some steps that can be taken to help prevent social bullying:
- Foster open communication: Create an environment where students feel comfortable discussing their experiences and concerns. Let them know that they can talk to you about anything.
- Define social bullying: Help students understand what social bullying is and give them the words to share their experiences. It’s important for victims to recognize that bullying is wrong and not their fault.
- Encourage empathy and respect: Teach students the importance of treating others with kindness and respect. Encourage them to think about how their words and actions might affect others.
- Build self-esteem: Solid self-esteem is at the root of a child’s social ability. Encourage healthy friendships, teach assertiveness, instill respectfulness, cultivate resiliency, model empathy, and practice problem-solving.
Remember, fostering an atmosphere of trusted communication and relaying to others that they can talk to you about anything is vital in dealing with bullies.
For more information on preventing bullying, you can also visit StopBullying.gov
To attend a virtual Bullying Prevention training on October 25th from Noon-1:30pm (eastern time), register at Bullying Prevention Training – Prevent Child Abuse Indiana (pcain.org)