We have all witnessed bullying at some point. In fact, did you know that more than one-third of all students are regularly bullied in early adolescence? Bullying is when an individual or group repeatedly harms another person. This can be physically (e.g. punching or pushing), verbally (e.g. teasing or name-calling), or socially (e.g. exclusion or spreading hurtful rumors). It can happen in-person or online. What can you do as a peacemaker? Try to understand the perspectives of both the bully and the victim. Try reaching out as a friend to someone who has been bullied or standing up for someone by defending them and telling the bully what they are doing is not ok. Try changing the environment where bullying is happening. Give people (even the bully) compliments or give a training on kindness.
Organizations Working in this Area:
- What is Bullying - Bully Project
- What is Bullying - US Government