#headsup: October is National Bullying Prevention Month

(Wyoming) - October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Central Wyoming Counseling Center offered some tips to kids and families around bullying. "We all have a voice in raising awareness of bullying," the organization said. "Whether you are a student, educator, parent, employee, or boss; you can make a difference."

Here are some tips from Central Wyoming Counseling to prevent bullying:

  • Stop and think before you say/do something that could hurt someone;
  • If you feel like  being mean, find something else to do—play a game, watch TV, or talk to a friend.
  • Talk with someone you trust—they can help you find ways to be nicer to others;
  • Keep in mind that everyone is different –not better or worse, just different;
  • If you think you have bullied someone in the past, apologize.

Letting others know their options when faced with bullying helps as well, such as:

  • Look at the person bullying you and tell them to stop in a calm, clear voice;
  • You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.
  • If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away.
  • Don’t fight back.
  • Children should find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.

There are things you can do to protect yourself from bullying in the future, too.

  • Telling someone can help you feel less alone.
  • Make a plan to stop the bullying.
  • Stay away from places where bullying happens.
  • Most bullying happens when others aren’t around.

Check out this link to find out more about Anti-Bullying laws in Wyoming. If you, or someone you know is being bullied, we can help. 

Feature Photo: Cottonwood Elementary in Casper installs Buddy Benches. More information here.