From teasing and bullying to hazing and stalking, many teens across the country have experienced some form of harassment.
While nearly 30% of U.S. 6th-12th graders report being bullied at school, others are suffering in silence.
Empowered Flower Girl LLC, a social enterprise with a mission to transform the way young people relate to one another, encourages students to stand up for themselves and others as the school year kicks into high gear.
Chief Empowering Officer Rasheda Kamaria offers the following tips to help students handle conflict:
Speak up: Even if you lack confidence or feel afraid, speak up and out against harassment and bullying. Let the person know that you do not approve of his or her actions. No, means no.
Get help: If the teasing, bullying or harassment persist, tell a trusted adult at the school (in addition to a parent or caregiver). School counselors are a great resource and can help you get through the conflict peacefully.
Keep records: Be sure to keep track of any and all incidences and attempts to get help. This will come in handy during any mediation meetings.
Be the change: Hurt people hurt people. Often, bullies have been victims of bullying themselves at some point in their lives. If you’re feeling down and out, find a way to express your feelings (minus the mean). Giving compliments, volunteering or doing something nice for others can brighten your day.
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