From Bystander To Speaking Up To Bullies

Tips: Standing Up To School Bullies

Chances are your kids will come across a bully at school. So, how do you teach them to stand up for not only themselves, but for others. However many kids don't stand up to bullies. There are several reasons kids don't stand up to bullies: it's scary; they don't know what to do; they don't want the bully to retaliate; they not friends with the victim or they're friends with the bully. 

As parents you can start a conversation about the ways a bystander can stop bullying. Use real life examples in the media and in own lives. Point out ways that bystanders can and should help. Make sure to address: who to turn to for help; what to say; assertive body language. Most important, allow your children to speak their mind to you. This is will give them confidence to speak up in other situations. 

Talk about ways your child can speak up and stand up to a bully. Some examples include: telling the bully that name calling, hitting, spreading rumors are wrong and not respectful behaviors. Your child and the victim should walk away from the bully.

Share your thoughts about ways kids can stand up to bullies on Twitter at @blancacobb. Remember to use the hash tag #BlancaOn2. Or, you can find me on my facebook page.

Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.

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