GREENSBORO - Everyone has witnessed bullying, but what can everyone do to act against bullying?
Executive Director of Win-Win Resolutions, Debra Vigliano explains the steps people should take when it comes to handling bullying.
If someone witnesses what they think is bullying at school, or work, what steps should they take?
Vigliano: Report bullying incidents in schools to teachers, school counselors, the assistant principal or principal. Work with school staff to protect children from retaliation. Establish a plan with the school and the child for dealing with future bullying incidents.
In workplace, talk to human resources director, or if this position doesn't exist, talk to supervisor.
What if I'm the one being bullied at school, or work or in the neighborhood, what should I do?
Vigliano: Most people who are bullied are targeted because of their reaction to the bully; talk to the person being bullied about walking away if possible and ignoring the bully by not giving any reaction. Look for ways to find new friends or get involved in social activities outside school. The first priority is always your safety. Here are some strategies for students to consider:
- Tell them to stop.
- Walk away.
- Protect yourself.
- Tell an adult you trust.
- Find a safe place.
- Stick together.
- Find opportunities to make new friends.
Should I ever confront a bully?
Vigliano: Typically it is not helpful to confront the bully or the family of the child who bullies.