|Bullying can happen anywhere, not just at school. When the power of a community is brought together to address it, bullying can be prevented. Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors.
Community partners such as mental health specialists, law enforcement officers, neighborhood associations, service groups, faith-based organizations, youth sports and recreation groups, and businesses all have a role to play in bullying prevention. Mental health specialists who understand theconsequences of bullying can better identify it in children whom they treat. Law enforcement and school resource officers can work with schools and parents to help them implement bullying prevention strategies. Schools and communities can work together to improve the school climate.
Community members can use their unique strengths and skills to prevent bullying wherever it occurs. For example, youth sports groups may train coaches to prevent bullying by being role models and encouraging positive feedback from team members. Faith-based leaders may conduct activities that promote moral engagement and help youth build empathy and foster healthy relationships. Hearing anti-bullying messages from the different adults in their lives can reinforce the message for children that bullying is unacceptable.
Every individual serves as a role model for how to treat others with respect, tolerance, and inclusion. Bystanders to bullying can make a positive difference in bullying situations by intervening when bullying occurs. They can also reach out and extend support to the person being bullied. Every person in a community can have a positive impact by preventing or addressing bullying.
StopBullying.gov has a training center with resources and user guides for Early Education and Child Care Providers, Faith Leaders, Law Enforcement Officers, and Young Professionals and Mentors.
Join the Twitter Chat on the Impacts of Bullying
May 8, 2019, 1 – 2 PM EST
Every person in a community can have a positive impact by preventing or addressing bullying. Join the StopBullying.gov Twitter chat on the consequences and impacts of bullying. Chat with StopBullying.gov and partners about how bullying impacts everyone who is involved – youth who are the targets, witness or bystanders, and perpetrators of bullying. We’ll discuss how bullying impacts mental health, physical health, and is a risk factor for suicide. We’ll also chat about different forms of bullying and cyberbullying and their consequences, highlighting information, resources, and tips on how to prevent or address bullying to reduce the potential mental health consequences.
Use the hashtag #BullyingImpacts to participate, ask questions, and learn from experts.