In a small town in central Illinois, kids who are bullied and bullied relentlessly at school can be the difference between them being allowed to stay in school and not.
The kids who get bullied, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, are nearly four times more likely to be suspended.
It’s one of the reasons why school administrators have been trying to educate students about bullying and other forms of bullying.
But what can you do to prevent bullying?
We spoke with a couple experts on the topic to find out what you can do to help prevent bullying.
The experts spoke with Business Insider about how to keep kids safe, how to avoid bullying, and what to do when you hear a classmate says something mean about someone you know.
Protect yourself from bullying and harassment The good news is that bullying is really common.
According to a 2016 report by the National Institute of Justice, more than 50% of children in the U.S. are bullied at school.
According a 2017 report by The National Center on Bullying, the U of T found that nearly a third of the students surveyed said they had been bullied at least once.
It is not uncommon for students to be bullied by classmates, teachers, or other school personnel.
If you hear someone say something mean or hurtful to someone, don’t run away.
Instead, ask them to stop.
Don’t hide from them or avoid them.
Instead of reacting to the bullying, be a more open-minded observer and try to understand what they’re trying to convey.
Don´t make it seem like you are being mean to someone or that you don’t care about them.
This will not help.
This might mean that you’ll feel like you can’t control them, but this is not a valid reason to ignore someone and not protect them.
Get out of your own way When you see a classmate making a mean comment about someone else, or you’re the only one making eye contact with the person, don´t turn your back to them.
Keep your eyes down and try not to see what they´re doing.
Don`t try to pick their brain about their bullying.
Just focus on the person that is doing the bullying and let them do the talking.
This way, you can keep the bullying away from you.
This can also help protect your classmates from being bullied, since the only people you have to worry about are the bullies themselves.
You can also take the initiative to take care of yourself.
When you feel like bullying is not going away, take some time to go to the playground and play.
If there are children around, you could take some pictures of the bullies and post them on social media.
Make sure you are keeping a journal of the incidents.
Speak up When bullying happens, you need to speak up and make your voice heard.
If someone is bullying you, say something.
Tell them that they should stop, or that it’s not OK.
Be clear and not over-emphasize what you said.
This could mean that the other person will not listen to you or will be offended by your words.
This is what the experts tell you to do.
When they were speaking to Business Insider, they were encouraged to say something like, “You know, I don’t really want to talk to that person anymore.
I have a lot of respect for them, and I have some things to say about that person.”
So they chose to do just that.
They started off by saying, “I know you are upset, and we all are, but I am also upset that we are not having this conversation.
I am not going to tolerate bullying like that at my school.”
This is not the end of the conversation.
If they continue to not listen, the teachers can tell the student to leave.
If the student continues to not stop, they can ask the principal to step in and talk to the bully.
Be the bully: You can talk to other students and talk about your feelings.
The school can also have a meeting with the school staff, the principal, and/or the school counselor.
They can discuss the bullying situation and offer support and guidance.
Make a plan: If you do not want to take action or are scared, you should write down all of the actions you want to do and the consequences.
This plan can be used in the future.
If bullying continues, it might be a good idea to seek counseling or get a therapist.
If a bullying situation is not resolved, you might want to contact your school to discuss your options.
The best advice is to talk it out with your classmates, teacher, or the school administrator.
The good thing is that, if the bullying continues or if you feel unsafe, it will be much harder to keep them out of school.
If that happens, ask yourself if there are any other things you can say to get the bullies to stop or get the students involved in a more constructive way.
It might help if you share the plan with them. You could