Bullying – What You Can Do

Bullying is one of the most troubling behaviors that adults must look out for. Bullying can occur in both online and in-person settings, and it is the responsibility of adults to confront bullies and engage them in problem-solving, learning, and repair of relationships. Here are some guidelines from StopBullying.gov.


  • Intervene immediately. It is OK to get another adult to help.
  • Separate the youth involved.
  • Make sure everyone is safe.
  • Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
  • Stay calm. Reassure the youth involved, including bystanders.
  • Model respectful behavior when you intervene.

Avoid these common mistakes

  • Don't ignore it. Don't think these kids can work it out without adult help.
  • Don't immediately try to sort out the facts.
  • Don't force other youth to say publicly what they saw.
  • Don't question the children involved in front of other kids.
  • Don't talk tot he kids involved together, only separately.
  • Don't make the youth involved apologize or patch up relationships on the spot.

To help you staff or volunteers address bullying in your program, be sure to check out our Addressing Bullying Staff Development Guide. Additionally, StopBullying.gov offers an online course for anyone looking to prepare themselves to address bullying.

Stop Bullying on the Spot. (2012, February 29). Retrieved July 25, 2017, from https://www.stopbullying.gov/respond/on-the-spot/index.html