Does bully prevention start at home? In school? With a child’s first social media account? We know that it is hard to escape bullying, and there is no quick fix to stop it in its tracks. Bullying takes place online as “cyber-bullying” and in person. These days, it is more and more common for bullying behavior to occur online, and then it carries into “real-life” before school, at school, after school, and in any social gathering.
Bully Proof© was developed by the Colleagues, Christine Vodicka, M.Ed. and Joline Scott Roller, M.F.A. We have since had the opportunity to host the bully-prevention workshop at our center as a field trip, and we have taken the program to Cleveland Area schools. The program was designed to equip and empower students in grades K-12, so that when they witness bullying, or if it happens to them, they know what to do and who to turn to. Students learn the difference between being a “bystander” and being an “upstander”, and we strive to inspire the students to make the right decisions. In fact, per stopbullying.gov, when bystanders intervene, bullying stops with 10 seconds 57% of the time.
One of the main objectives of the Bully Proof program is to help students realize that they are not alone. We help them determine what a strong support system consists of. It is also important to understand that bullying is an adult problem and adults are there to help; however, many students will keep their feelings and fears to themselves. Per antibullyinginstitute.org, nearly 70% of students think schools respond poorly to bullying.
October is national bully prevention month, but the lessons in Bully Proof are valuable all year long. When working with schools, we learn your policies and reinforce them with your students. Through inspiring stories, collaborative activities, and role play, leaners will not only learn what bullying is, but how to prevent it in the first place. Our creative and experienced Educational Consultants are also available to work with schools, teachers, and administrators to establish anti-bullying action pans.
Bullying is a serious issue, and the Colleagues are up to the challenge.