Guest Post by Patrica Lammers
Saint Paul Police Department Western District Crime Prevention Coordinator
Many young people will be heading to back to school to start a new year. Weather it is a new school or an old school for them they may face some challenges. For many kids being bullied is a part of their reality. They may be a victim or they may be a witness. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide some helpful tips
The reality is most bullying happens when adults are not around. This can be between classes, at lunch or recess, after school and increasing on-line. However, 85% of bullying is seen by other children. Many children who witness simply don’t know how to handle it or what to do to stop it. Witnessing can cause the following effects:
What Should Children Do?
Remind them they should only step in when they feel safe. Role play some of the following with them:
What Can Adults Do?
Give your children the confidence and the support they need. Here are some ways you can help: