Many children returning to school face bullying and may suffer from anxiety, depression, feelings of shame, and other severe problems. Bullying can have immediate and long-lasting consequences on a young person’s mental health.
Bullying comes in many forms: verbal, physical, emotional, and online. According to the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice, in 2017, nearly 20% of students aged 12–18 in the US were victims of bullying, and according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report from the same year, 19% of high school students reported being bullied on campus.
Teen Vogue shared some tips for young people to cope with bullying, including:
- Ignore your Bully as a first successful option: “It's a hard strategy, but bullies get power from the [reactions] of the people they pick on, so pretending that they don't exist can work well,”
- Don’t Run Away and act with confidence in front of your bully can help you reclaim your power
- Tell Someone You’re Being Bullied - “Ask for help as soon as possible. And if the person you tell can’t help you, find someone who can."
- Make a plan before school starts to build yourself up, “No one jerk can define me!’ Or thinking about all the things you're really good at, or what you do like about yourself.”
- Rely on Your Friends “Form a pact that says you’ll stand up for each other. Having a few bystanders who are willing to step in and say something can stop a bully in their tracks.”
- Protect Your Passwords "Assume that everything you post online will eventually be public, so don't post anything you wouldn't want everyone to see."
- Be the change - "The best way to prevent bullying is to approach it from multiple angles and create a culture in the school where people respect each other,"