There have been many actions taken and efforts made to stop bullying.
Because there are more opportunities for bullying and there are stronger restrictions against certain retaliatory behaviors, bullying has become a greater problem in modern society. With the introduction of society into cyberspace, it is easy for any person to become a bully and, as a result, it is often a more complicated process to fight the bullying. In fact, one out of every five high school students report having been bullied nowadays.
There have been programs created that assist people in dealing with bullying. Most of these programs involve the connection of adults with youth. Parents who counsel their children that bullying is not acceptable and where to get help are often effective in protecting their children from harassment. Here are some steps that people can take:
- Urge children to report bullying to school authorities
- Urge children to stand up to bullies. Sometimes humor works; sometimes acting as though the harmful words or actions do not bother the person helps to discourage further bullying. Walking away is also effective.
- Tell children that often if another child comes to the defense of the one being bullied, the bully will depart. Many bullies are not as tough as they act.
Cyberbullying is another form of bullying. People should immediately report this type of harassment to online services, to the schools, and to the local authorities. The important thing is not to delay and to be diligent in recording every evidence possible. Blocking the person on the internet and not responding is the best way of dealing with this type of bullying.