BARE the Facts
The act of bullying is repeated and intentional harassment or intimidation of a person with a perceived weakness. The acts may include physical, emotional, or social harassment or abuse. Three out of every four students will experience bullying during the course of their education, whether as a bully, being a victim, or simply as an observer. Knowing the facts about bullying and the best ways to counter it is essential to bringing an end to this terrorizing behavior. BARE is able to increase your knowledge by teaching students, parents, and educators the necessary tools to end the bully epidemic.
BARE the Bully
Understanding the environment that supports bully conduct is a key part of working to fix the issue. For many bullys, the abuse imposed on others is a learned behavior, coming from the home or internal strife. The truth is that the behavior often hides a personal need that is not being recognized or accommodated in the bully’s life. By learning how to expose the problems behind the bully conduct, we are able to stem the behavior and stop the unlawful discrimination that is inexcusable in our schools and communities.
Real Solutions for Real Situations
The current methods for stopping bully behavior are simply not working. Less than one out of five students that experience bullying report it to an authority and victims often choose not to say anything for fear that the bullying will only get worse. BARE has real solutions for real situations and is able to demonstrate strategies and tactics that will create a safe school or community environment for the children. WE CAN eradicate bullying, but all of us must do our part in taking action, reporting inappropriate behavior, and teaching others how to respond.
With modern times come modern problems. Social networks, IM chatting, and phone text messages are all new technologies that are not only enabling more bully conduct, but actually encouraging the behavior. Learn how to stop cyberbullying and to prevent the use of technology for abusive purposes. Check out our References and Resources page where you will find links to key websites that provide more information about cyberbullying.
How Do I Get it to Stop?
Being a friend to an enemy can do amazing things! Remember Beauty and the Beast? I dare you . . . be kind to those who treat you poorly. Try it for a week. See what happens. Can anyone continue to be mean to someone who is being kind to them? Also, don’t be afraid to report the mean conduct to a teacher or parent. Awareness is making a difference in our nation. Make a difference in your school, report it, whether you observe or receive it. Learn how to intervene if you have the opportunity to do so safely.
We can be BFF or we can be Mean Girls. What reputation would you rather have? Our hormones change so frequently and our moods change with them, but we control our actions. When you say something mean, look at the other person’s eyes. What do their eyes tell you? (Or are they hiding the pain in their eyes?) Do you see pain or sadness? Then STOP! Rewind, be kind. You don’t have to be a BFF but DON’T be a Mean Girl. Your reputation will follow you through life.
CHECK OUT TAYLOR SWIFT’S VIDEO – MEAN GIRLS