StopBullying.Gov (http://www.stopbullying.gov/) is the United States government’s response to bullying, complete with a variety of resources on the topic. This should arguably be one of your first stops if you are looking to find resources on bullying intervention and prevention.
It includes an online training course in bullying prevention, tips for how to talk about bullying, information about those at risk, tips for prevention, tips on how to respond, and much more.
Specifically, I found the section on “how to respond to bullying” very valuable and a simple list of do’s and don’ts.
- Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help.
- Separate the kids involved.
- Make sure everyone is safe.
- Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
- Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders.
- Model respectful behavior when you intervene.
- Don’t ignore it. Don’t think kids can work it out without adult help.
- Don’t immediately try to sort out the facts.
- Don’t force other kids to say publicly what they saw.
- Don’t question the children involved in front of other kids.
- Don’t talk to the kids involved together, only separately.
- Don’t make the kids involved apologize or patch up relations on the spot.