An additional 6% of teens admit to bullying and being bullied.
In all, there are about 19% of teens bullying.
So, about 1 out of 5 students will bully another student.
Well we could stop there.
Or we can turn to the rest. To the 81%.
The 4 out of 5 students who know bullying is happening.
The 4 out of 5 students who are not bullied.
The 4 out of 5 students who are watching.
The 4 out of 5 who could be leaving an Active Handprint.
The number of students who can stop bullying far outweighs the number of bullies. So why are students not standing up for each other?
Many are afraid the bully will turn on them. Many are afraid of being associated with the person being bullied. Many are afraid of what their friends will think if they stand up for another person (it takes a lot to stand up to a bully; it takes even more to stand up to your own friends). And then there are many teens who want to help but don't know how...
First ask yourself:
How would I feel if that were me? Would I be okay with everyone walking by? Would I want someone to stand up for me? Would I want help?
The number of non-bullied students outnumbers the bullies. SO DO SOMETHING!
Local students suggested:
-Tell a teacher, guidance counselor, parent, principal if you see bullying
-Inform students about reporting bullying incidents
-Have an assembly to talk about standing up for others
-Learn what it is like to be bullied
-Challenge your friends to stand up to bullying too
-Don't use derogatory terms towards your enemies OR your friends
-Don't joke about bullying
-Follow @StopBullying on twitter
-Write your own story about bullying
-Make a poster like the one below to bring awareness to the topic
-Learn more about bullying
-Read stories of those who have been there and those who want to stop it
-Read Dear Bully-- a collection of short stories where authors tell about their experiences with bullying