October is National Anti- Bullying month, it is a time to come together to prevent and stop bullying. Bullying affects everyone and is everywhere from places like school to shopping malls. Approximately ¼ of all high school aged kids have experienced being bullied because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation.
There are easy types of bullying to recognize such as hitting or kicking but there are also less known forms of bullying and they are:
Verbal which uses language to hurt, embarrass, harass or intimidate others.
Social involves hurting another’s social standing by intimidating, controlling or harmful actions.
Physical uses physical force to harm another person by using one’s body such as their hands or feet to cause harm or control.
Cyber bullying is when someone uses technology to cause harm like verbal and social bullying but is done through a media source.
Trust your gut, if it looks like bullying it most likely is. The best way to stop bullying is to stand up and be a part of the solution vs. being a bystander. Studies have shown that when another person intervenes, the bullying often stops because then the bully begins to feel their behavior is no longer accepted by those around them. All it takes is one person to speak up.