We Need To Talk About…BULLYING

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We Need to Talk is a show that helps make difficult conversations a little easier.  This week we talked about Bullying.

Most people have somehow been impacted by bullying but it’s not something we like to talk about.

Bullying can take many forms – physical, verbal or social and it can happen anywhere. On the playground, at school, in the workplace and at home. On our show we talked about its impact on children and teens.

People bully for many reasons.  Some are encouraged by their friends. Others pick on people because they’re looking for attention, because they’re feeling jealous or because they don’t like others being different. Sadly, a bully rarely stops on their own.

As a community what can we do about bullying?

We can participate on committees, offer counselling or mediation, provide legal advice or volunteer with agencies that help with prevention or support. It’s important to know that we can all help.

The Durham District School Board has a Safe Schools Program which is terrific. The 4 R’s of Bullying Prevention: Recognize, Refuse, Report, Restore.

It takes courage but…

  1. As a bully, you have to learn to accept responsibility for your actions and consider the feelings of others
  2. As the target of bullying you have to tell someone and understand that it’s not your fault.
  3. As a bystander you have to choose – either be part of the problem or part of the solution.

We can really make a dent in bullying by talking. Talking about what it is, talking to our kids & reporting instances of bullying.

We Need To Talk about what has happened, what is happening and what is going to happen for the bully and the target.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention week is November 17 – 23, 2013…keep this conversation going!

Julie Gill

Host of We Need To Talk on Rogers TV Durham

Owner, Families First Mediation

Owner, Separation Coach.com

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