Bullying Prevention Strategies:
- Use “I” Messages to Express Yourself.
- I Messages:
- Change the tone from blaming to explaining.
- Tells the person your speaking with what you want and why.
- They are easier to say when you’re upset.
- Are less emotionally charged.
- I Messages:
- To Effectively Use an I-Message, Follow These Steps!
- Say the bully’s name.
- Tell how you feel when they bully you.
- State what you want.
- Be Confident!
- Use Eye Contact.
- Have a Strong Body Posture.
- Use a Steady and Firm Voice.
- Ignore and leave the situation.
- Never let them see you upset.
- Have thick skin.
- Use humor to deflect.
- Avoid situations or places that are going to be problematic.
- Don’t antagonize or enflame the situation.
- Practice comebacks.
- Stand up for others if it’s safe.
- Safety in numbers
- Include others who look alone or are left out.
- Don’t isolate yourself from others.
- Make friends.
Rehearse and Role Play to Help Your Child!
Websites for more information:
- http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/ (kids)
- http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/emotion/bullies.html (kids)
- “Make Time To Listen…Take Time To Talk…ABOUT BULLYING” [PDF] (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- Out on a Limb: A Guide to Getting Along
Designed for second to fourth graders, this interactive guide helps children work through conflict.
- To BullyProof or Not to BullyProof: That is the Question (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
- Youth Violence Prevention (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)