(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.