How to Respond to Bullying
When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable.
Stop Bullying on the Spot:
Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help.
Separate the kids involved.
Make sure everyone is safe.
Meet any immediate medical needs.
Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders.
Model respectful behavior when you intervene.
Avoid these common mistakes:
Don’t ignore it. Don’t think kids can work it out without adult help.
Don’t immediately try to sort out the facts.
Don’t force other kids to say publicly what they saw.
Don’t question the children involved in front of other kids.
Don’t talk to the kids involved together, only separately.
Don’t make the kids involved apologize or patch up relations on the spot.
Do Not Hesitate to involve the authorities to get help if:
A weapon is involved.
There are threats of serious physical injury.
There is sexual abuse.
Anyone is accused of an illegal act.