Wednesday, October 14, 2015

National Bullying Prevention Month



October is National Bullying Prevention Month so we want to take this opportunity to help teens resolve their differences before they escalate. Below are some tips from NetSmartz that can help teens manage their emotions and make good decisions.


STEP AWAY TO CALM DOWN.
Pick an activity that makes you feel better like taking a walk, reading a book, or listening to music.

TALK THINGS OUT WITH A FRIEND.
Call, text, or get online with someone you trust. Choose a friend who will be supportive and calm you down


PUT ON THE OTHER PERSON'S SHOES.
It can be hard to tell what people mean online. A comment you see as an insult may have been meant as a joke.


THINK ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES.
Some teens have gotten detention, been suspended, and in a few cases even been arrested for things they said online.


ASK TRUSTED ADULTS FOR HELP.
They may be able to give you good advice about how to deal with your feelings and help you talk calmly with the other person.


We will be featuring videos from NetSmartz this month to help get the conversation started about bullying/cyberbullying. Stay tuned!