Welcome to October 14. I hope you had a nice weekend. How is your preventing bullying working out? What do you have planned for this week?
Here are some suggestions from the online site:: October is National Bullying Prevention Month. They're calling it "Be brave. Stand up for for someone you see being bullied."
I'd like to add to that. "Be very careful how you do it because you don't want to put yourself in danger." Bullies have been known to back off, though, when others stand up for victims.
They also suggest to make friends with those who might be different, whether African American, Asian, Muslim, disabled, or someone you don't know.
How can students or people at work do that, or when you're shopping or wherever you might be? See suggestions from the Website.
Students or workers can give kind notes to classmates or co-workers. Stay at home moms might call a friend or someone they've just met with kind words of have a good day or do they need anything..
I bet you can come up with a lot of other fantastic ideas. Make others feel like you care about them. And we really should care about everyone.
I was at the library Saturday at a book signing with lots of authors from the area. And you know what? I never saw any act of bullying. There were children and adults present, but everyone got along. That was neat. And it is possible to be friendly. So be aware if you notice someone picking on another person. Think how you might stop it, and then do so. Kindly, gently, which might be something the bully really needs. We don't know why he/she is the way he/she is. All we can do is try to help them see that they are important and friends are wonderful.
Have a good week. Oh, and tune in tomorrow for Author Charles Suddeth's visit here on his new novel's tour. He has an interesting story to tell you. Thanks