In February, we talked about kindness and what it means to create acts of kindness in our community. We even ran an acts of kindness contest and the winners will be announced shortly! This month, we’ll be taking a look at the other side of the coin and finding ways to tie kindness in. We’ll be talking about something that is prevalent even in our small town of Highlands Ranch — bullying.
We’ll be offering resources on what to do if you are being bullied, if someone you see is being bullied, preventative measures you can take, and how to extend kindness to even the fiercest bullies. So make sure that you accept our browser alerts for when we publish new content, you never know if you’ll read something that can help you or someone you love.
Who Gets Bullied?
First, know that bullying shouldn’t happen to ANYONE.
- There is no one “type” of person who becomes the target of bullying. Bullying can be directed at anyone, from the shy, quiet student to the class tough guy. Girls, boys, first graders, fifth graders, kids who like art, kids who play sports, and everyone in between can all be the target of bullying.
- Bullying is about how we treat one another.
- Bullying is never justified and no one deserves to be the target of it.
- But just because a lot of kids experience bullying doesn’t mean it’s okay or “something that just happens”.
The most important thing to remember is that bullying is NEVER okay, no one EVER deserves to be bullied (Pacer Kids Against Bullying).
Read each of the following questions and check the box next to anything that you may have experienced or felt. These items apply to what happens at school and
online such as text messages, gaming, or social media posts. If you need help, ask your mom or dad!
- Are you called mean names by other kids?
- Do other kids ever hit, kick, push, or punch you?
- Do kids leave you out of groups on purpose?
- Has anyone ever sent you mean messages?
- Has anyone ever started a rumor about you?
- Has anyone ever destroyed your belongings?
- Do other kids make fun of the way you look or act?
- Are you sometimes afraid to go to school?
- Has anyone ever made you do something that you didn’t want to do?
- Do you often feel nervous, anxious, or worried about how other kids
act toward you?
- Have other kids ever laughed when someone hurt you?
- Have you not wanted to go to school or ride the bus because you were afraid
of another kid?
- Have you ever tried to stop someone from hurting or harming you, but
they just keep doing it?
- Has anyone ever made fun of you for something that you don’t do as
well as other kids?
- Has anyone ever made fun of you for being really good at something?
- Do other kids ever mock or mimic the way you talk, act, or look?
The more boxes you checked, the more likely it is you are being bullied. To learn more, read these tips below, then stay tuned for some great ideas on how to get bullying to stop.
- Plan what you can do. Know that you are not alone, that there are people who care and will help you.
- Include your mom, dad, teacher, or other grown up you trust. Don’t be silent, or think you need to fix bullying on your own. Telling is important, and is NOT tattling.
- Put bullying in its place! You have rights; the right to tell someone, the right to feel safe and the right to stop the bullying.
Martial arts can be a great way to establish confidence and your self-esteem. PLUS, we go over a LOT of self-defense techniques and strategies so you know exactly what to do when and if you are bullied. We would love for you to come in and try it out for free to see if you think it would help you (or if you’re a parent, your child). You can call either of our locations to set up a free trial, send us a message on Facebook, or send us an email via our contact page on our website if you have any questions. If you’re ready to get started today, simply fill out the form below and we’ll reach out to you to get you started!