Everyone encounters mean girls, especially during your teens. On her Enlighten Education blog, Danielle Miller outlines some conflict resolution guidelines. She said it's important to be assertive, but not aggressive when dealing with mean girls. Sometimes how you say something, is more important than what you say. You can read the full post here (it's the Towards Safer Schools article).
In her article on Ten Daily, Lisa Wilkinson describes how she survived the bullies when she was a teenager. She points out in her Ten Daily article that we live in an angry culture. It's not just children and teenagers who are being aggressive and bullies. Watch the news and you will see politician screaming at each other in Parliament, read the weekly women's magazines and you will see unflattering photos of celebrities pointing out every flaw, scroll through Facebook and you will see people making scathing comments on posts. She said, "Maybe it’s time we start embracing a culture that celebrates rather than sledges; that picks us up instead of putting us down."
The Supre Foundation, together with the Telethon Kids Institute and Headspace, have put together this fantastic little book about Bullying. It is full of useful tips and information about bullying, friendship, self-esteem and staying safe online. Best of all, it is free! You can pick one up at your local Supre store or download one here.
Reachout has some tips on what to do if you are experiencing cyberbullying.
Bullying can have devastating effects and you may feel powerless to help, but there are things you can do. If you have seen or know about bullying, you are a bystander. You can help by:
For more information go to http://au.reachout.com.
Reword is a tool that can be downloaded on any computer or device and inserts a red line through any insults as they are typed. This encourages the person typing to rethink what they have written. Online bullying is not cool and has driven some teenagers to end their own lives. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.