Bullying can happen whether you are an adult or a child. It happens at home, in the work place and in schools. According to http://www.bullyingstatistics.org “One out of every 10 student’s drops out or changes schools because of repeated bullying.” Bullying can lead to depression, anxiety and even suicide or homicide.
How do we stop bullying?
If you look at bullying from the prospective of the bully’s intention is to get an emotional response out of their victim, then it becomes easy to conclude what the solution is. DO NOT GIVE AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE. Hide your emotions in response to the bullying. If the bully is not being fed the response they are hoping for the bullying is likely to stop. Research from Horner and Ross (2009) supports this adding casually walking away or ignoring the bully is the best response if you want the bullying to stop.
Be warned bullying is likely to get worse initially when you stop feeding it an emotional response. They will feel like they just need to try harder. You must stick to your guns and remain calm and neutral. If you can stay consistent for an extended time the bullying is likely to go away.
Bullying Statistics. (2009). Stop Bullying Harassment and Violence. Retrieved on January 2, 2012 from http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/.
Horner R., Ross S., (2009) Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Support. Retrieved on January 2, 2012 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2791686/?tool=pmcentrez.