Build relationships with children and youth where they feel they can be their genuine selves. This includes children and youth who engage in bullying behaviors.
Provide safe spaces where children are loved and supported. This can be at home, a friend’s house, in an after-school program, or at school. Having spaces where children and youth feel safe is core to their ability to heal and grow into healthy and resilient adults.
Promote opportunities for children and youth to be involved in after-school programs or community activities where they can play a role in something bigger than themselves. This can discourage bullying behaviors because being a part of a team creates a sense of mattering and belonging.
When children and youth are supported in their efforts to report bullying and stand up for themselves, they learn that there is a community of people who are there for them. This promotes self-worth, self-confidence, and a sense that they have control of the things in their lives.