Kids who are bullied feel like they are different, powerless, unpopular, and alone.  This makes them sad, lonely, or nervous, feel sick, produced problems at school and home.

Youth are at increased risk for suicide related behavior are dealing with a complex interaction of multiple relationship (peer, family, or romantic), mental health, and school stressors.

What can schools do to help those who are being bullied:

  • Help your students feel connected to you and their school.  (www.cdc.gov/healthyouth/adolescenthealth/connectedness.htm)
  • Teach youth coping/life skills. (www.air.org/focus-area/education/?type=projects&id=127)
  • Provide better training for all school staff who work with youth. (www.stopbullying.gov/respond/index.html and www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/training-center/index.html)

Parents must be engaged in and monitor their kids social media posts.  Teach kids that bullying is a crime!