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Bullying in Schools: How Adults Can Help

The National Education Association (NEA) has launched a national campaign against bullying, and it’s not just aimed at kids. The Bully Free Starts With Me campaign invites adults, including parents, to pledge to help bullied students. Whether you work or volunteer at your child’s school are otherwise active in your community’s youth and family programs, you can help.

According to NEA, “Bullied students that go it alone because they don’t know who to turn to are far more likely to fall behind in their studies, get sick and/or depressed, miss school, and drop out. But research tells us that one caring adult can make all the difference in a bullied student’s life.” (source)

If you’re inspired to make a difference in the life of a bullied child, take NEA’s Bully Free pledge. By doing so, you’re “promising students that they can talk to you and you will listen, stand up for them, and that they are not alone.” (source)

“I agree to be identified as a caring adult who pledges to help bullied students. I will listen carefully to all students who seek my help and act on their behalf to put an immediate stop to the bullying. I will work with other caring adults to create a safe learning environment for all the students in my school.”

As an advocate, your role is to listen to the bullied student who reaches out to you, and to take action to stop future bulling. Not sure exactly what that means? That’s okay; NEA provides advocates with the online resources needed to support bullied students.

Join the Bully Free It Starts With Me campaign and take NEA’s pledge today. You can also access the NEA’s Bullying Prevention Kit — developed by educators for educators — here.

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