Melanie discovers that it's hard to be friends with someone who bullies. She attempts to talk to friends outside of her clique only to be chastised by the perceived leader, Cassandra. When attempting to stand up for other students being teased in the conversation, Melanie quickly changes her mind based on her peers' reactions. This situation showcases why students might hesitate to speak up as a bystander to bullying.
Watch these videos to learn how KB, Josh, Milton, and their friends deal with kids who bully. After watching each video, take a quiz to see how much you know about bullying.
One in five children in the United States experience bullying where a peer harasses, humiliates, or threatens repeatedly. Bullying can have negative psychological, physical, and academic effects.
Experiencing bullying has become a way of life. It shouldn't be.
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Every single day, children are bullied in the presence of bystanders who could make a difference, and yet don't, choosing instead to remain silent. When you see bullying happening, it's easy to look the other way. Young people you can be more than a bystander and to stand up for those that are bullied.
You're no superhero. But you don't need to be. We all have the power to stop bullying. We all have the power to change a life. Or maybe even save one.
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
Things Kids Feel - Children Affected by Bullying with the KnowBullying App by SAMHSA
KnowBullying by SAMHSA is a free app that encourages conversation between you and your children. The time you spend will build their self-esteem and help them face bullying—whether they are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying.
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