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Bullying undertakes many different forms, from cyber bullying to play ground bullying, and in many age groups with studies showing a higher report rate of workplace and college bullying. Like a computer virus, their tactics change with time. The danger also varies from emotional damage to physical threats. If a loved one is being bullied, here’s some tips to help stop it…
Do Not Depend Solely on Administration
Many sources recommend getting the administration involved such as teachers and principals. Having these people on your side is helpful; however, keep in mind their priorities are different than yours. Many times the people you expect to handle cases of bullying fall short, and sometimes, they are the people enabling the bully. Assuming they will take care of it for you does not solve the problem.
Many tactics are not obvious. Sometimes parents and administration unknowingly feeds into the bully’s master plan and makes the problem worse. Like any scam, staying informed helps protect you from falling victim.
Avoid the “Ignore it” Trap
The default advice to anyone being bullied appears to be, “Just ignore them, and they will go away.” In most cases, ignoring the bully only invites more bullying no different than getting angry and upset. People will treat you the way you allow them to. Like any child, a person has to set boundaries with people, and it’s best to do so lawfully following the rules. Stand up for yourself.
Remember there is power in numbers. Anytime you promote a positive attitude and acceptance, you are taking a step to end bullying. Children learn their behaviors from adults.