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Apps to Help Prevent Cyberbullying

SAMHSA Know Bullying app on iPhoneKnow Bullying App | Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying.
The time you spend will help boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying.
Take a few minutes and “check in,” by asking about school, their friends, and any challenges they face. KnowBullying has simple conversation starters to begin a discussion with your child.

Get it on Google PlayDownload on the iTunes App Store

STOPit App | Available in two versions. The individual version enabling parents to empower their kids and the school version that enables schools to empower their entire student body to fight cyberbullying. STOPit was designed to:

  • Safely and confidentially report cyberbullying incidents to school administrators and trusted adults.
  • Become an upstander rather than a bystander by reporting cyberbullying attacks against friends or schoolmates.
  • Reach out for emotional and psychological support.
  • Document electronic transmissions for future investigation.
  • Preloaded schools database includes public and private K-12 as well as Colleges and Universities. When Connected Get Protected.

10 Causes of Bullying:
(Courtesy of nobullying.com)

  • Feeling Powerless in Their Own Lives
  • Someone Else is Bullying Them
  • Bullies are often jealous of or frustrated with the person they are bullying
  • Lack of Understanding or Empathy
  • Looking for Attention
  • Bullies come from dysfunctional families
  • Bullies need to be in control
  • Bullying behavior gets rewarded
  • Bullies don’t care how others feel
  • Bullies can’t regulate their emotions
  • Read more

Helpful Articles

10 Causes of Bullying10 Causes of Bullying:
(Courtesy of nobullying.com)

Courtesy of nobullying.com 10 Causes of Bullying. What makes a bully can be complex, and can include a number of factors. Some people even find themselves being occasional bullies without even realizing it. Here’s some of the things that motivate people to bully others…. Read more.
 
Positive Parenting ArticlePhysical Effects of Bullying
Courtesy of Lisa Morris via kwikmed.org | What happens to us in early life has a huge impact on us in later life. Bullying is one example of something that can happen during childhood and have a knock-on effect throughout our life. Depression, difficulty with relationships and an increased likelihood of substance abuse are all long term results of bullying. However, the physical impact it can have can also be devastating and can even contribute to the development of heart problems… Read more.
 
Positive Parenting ArticleGuide to Bullying Prevention
Courtesy of Kim Hart @ AAA Stay of Play | Bullying amongst children is a serious problem that is far too often written off as a rite of passage, or as “kids being kids.” It is, however, a very dangerous form of aggression that causes injuries, fear, embarrassment, reduced self-esteem, and depression in the victim. Studies have shown that bullying occurs on the playground as often as every seven minutes. In the classroom, a child is… Read more.

STOMP Out Bullying HelpChat Line | American SPCC

Choose your thoughts, words, actions, and deeds wisely. They have the power to help or to hurt, and they can have a profound effect upon you and those around you. Be a contributor, not an intimidator.

More Anti-Bullying Information from Jo Frost
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5 Great Tips to Stop Bullying

Even if kids are not bullied or bullying others they can be affected by bullying. Many times, when they see bullying, they may not know what to do to stop it. They may not feel safe stepping in in the moment, but there are many other steps they can take:

TIP #1

Be a friend to the person being bullied.


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Children can help someone who’s been bullied by simply being nice to them at another time. Being friendly can go a long way toward letting them know that they’re not alone.

  • A bystander can help by spending time with the person being bullied at school.
  • Simple gestures like talking to them, sitting with them at lunch, or inviting them to play sports or other games during physical education or recess can help a lot.
  • Advise the child to listen to the person being bullied, let them talk about the event.
  • They can call the person being bullied at home to provide support, encourage them and give advice.
  • Bystanders can try sending a text message or going up to the person who was bullied later. They can let that person know that what happened wasn’t cool, and that they’re there for them.
  • A bystander can help by telling the person being bullied that they don’t like the bullying and asking them if he can do anything to help.
    Bystanders can also help the person being bullied talk to a trusted adult.

TIP #2

Tell a trusted adult, like a family member, teacher or coach.


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An adult can help stop bullying by intervening while it’s in progress, stopping it from occurring or simply giving the person being bullied a shoulder to lean on.

  • Bystanders can tell a trusted adult in person or leave them a note.
  • If bullying is occurring, bystanders can go find, or ask a friend to find, a trusted adult as soon as possible. Perhaps they can help stop it from continuing.
  • Remind children who witness bullying not to get discouraged if they’ve already talked to an adult and nothing has happened. They can ask a family member if they will help, and make sure the adult knows that it is repeated behavior.
  • Try talking to as many adults as possible if there’s a problem– teachers, counselors, custodians, nurses, parents. The more adults they involve, the better.

TIP #3

Help the person being bullied get away from the situation.


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There are a few simple, safe ways children can help the person being bullied get away from the situation. However they do it, make sure the child knows not to put themselves in harm’s way.

  • Create a distraction. If no one is rewarding the child who is bullying by paying attention, the behavior may stop. Bystanders can help to focus the attention on something else.
  • A bystander can offer a way for the person being bullied to leave the scene by saying something like, “Mr. Smith needs to see you right now,” or “Come on, we need you for our game.”
  • Remind children to intervene only if it feels safe to do so, and never use violence in order to help the person get away.

TIP #4

Set a good example. Do not bully others.


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If a child knows not to bully others, then other students will follow their example. To help even more, children can actively participate in anti-bullying activities and projects.

  • Make sure children don’t bully others and don’t encourage bullying behavior.
  • Encourage them to look for opportunities to contribute to the anti-bullying culture at their school through school clubs and organizations.
  • They can create anti-bullying posters, share stories or show presentations promoting respect for all.
  • Use tools like the youth leader toolkit to help older teens work with younger children to prevent bullying.

TIP #5

Don’t give bullying an audience.


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If your child witnesses someone bullying another, they shouldn’t encourage the behavior by giving it an audience. Instead of laughing or supporting, they can let those who bully know that their behavior isn’t entertaining.

  • Oftentimes, those who bully are encouraged by the attention that they receive from bystanders. Children can help stop bullying by actively not supporting it.
  • Remind them that when they see bullying, they can act disinterested or blatantly state that they don’t think bullying is entertaining or funny.
  • Children can help by keeping their distance from the situation. If they don’t give it an audience, it may stop.
  • If the bullying doesn’t stop, the bystander should follow other tips like telling a trusted adult

Some Information Courtsey of StopBullying.gov

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