10 tips to prevent bullying: stand up, speak out, make a difference

The MIND 24-7 Team | March 29, 2024

Bullying is a major problem that can make people feel badly about themselves. It can happen anywhere–at school, on the internet, at work, or in the community. But there’s good news: every story about bullying prevention helps us see how we can make the world a nicer place for everyone. Join us as we explore the importance of bullying prevention and discuss practical bullying prevention tips inspired by those who’ve courageously stood up for themselves and others.

Why is bullying prevention important?

Bullying doesn’t just affect the person being bullied; it’s bad for everyone around them, too. Survivors of bullying can feel sad, scared, or lonely for a long time. When we work to stop bullying, we’re protecting individuals and nurturing healthier, happier communities where every person feels safe and valued.

10 bullying prevention tips to help make a difference

  1. Show everyone how to be kind.

We can all start by being nice and respectful to ourselves and others around us. When we are kind, we show everyone how they should treat people, too.

  1. Learn and teach about bullying.

Knowing more about bullying and how it makes people feel can help us all stop it from happening. We can go to classes or meetings that teach us how to spot bullying and what to do about it.

  1. Talk about it.

Make sure everyone knows they can talk about bullying when it happens. Having someone to talk to can help if someone feels bullied.

  1. Stand up if you see bullying.

If you see someone being bullied, it’s really important to do something about it. Saying something or getting help from someone in power can help stop the bullying right away.

  1. Celebrate what makes us unique.

Everyone is different, and that’s what makes us all special. When we get to know ourselves and enjoy what makes each of us unique, there’s less bullying about all of those differences.

  1. Support groups that help stop bullying.

There are groups and programs that work to stop bullying. By helping these programs through volunteering, donating, etc., we can make them even stronger.

  1. Be respectful online.

The internet should be a nice place for everyone. We should all try to be as kind online as we are in person.

  1. Help someone who is being bullied.

If you know someone having a hard time because of bullying, let them know you’re there for them. Just being there can make a huge difference.

  1. Work together.

Stopping bullying works best when we all work together. Schools, families, and whole communities can come up with plans to make sure everyone is treated nicely. For example, a school basketball team wore orange shirts to school to show they were against bullying, making a strong statement of unity and acceptance.

  1. Look after yourself.

If you’ve been bullied, it’s important to take care of yourself. Doing things you enjoy and spending time with people who make you feel good and can help you feel better. If things feel too hard to handle on your own and you don’t know who to ask for help, just know you’re not alone. There are many resources that can help. Here are some places to start:

  • StopBullying.gov: A comprehensive resource offering advice on dealing with bullying for all ages.
  • PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center: Tools and resources for students, parents, and educators to combat bullying.
  • Crisis Text Line: Immediate support is just a text away. Reach out anytime, anywhere. Text TALK to 741741.
  • The Trevor Project: A lifeline for LGBTQIA+ youth facing bullying or struggling with their identity. Text START to 678-678, call 1-866-488-7386, or chat online.
  • MIND 24-7: No matter what time of day or night, support for mental and emotional well-being is available. MIND 24-7 offers walk-in treatment for mental and behavioral health concerns, including bullying. We are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. All adults and youth are welcome—regardless of their ability to pay. We accept private insurance, Medicare, and AHCCCS, and will never turn someone away. If you or a loved one needs mental health care visit one of our convenient locations in the Phoenix area or text/call 1-844-MIND247.