Monday, Oct 8, 2018
Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. We cannot allow bullying behavior to become normalized, and we must effectively advocate for children in foster care, who are often targeted.
As high as 25% of pre-teens and teens in the general population are estimated to experience bullying, and among marginalized populations, such as foster youth, that figure is much higher –up to 80%.
One misconception is that bullies have low self-esteem. The stereotype of bullies who terrorize other children because they are envious is prevalent in our culture. However, many bullies actually feel pretty good about themselves. Enhancing their self-esteem, could mean building better bullies. Some research suggests that bullies have low empathy, and enhancing that trait could be a more effective strategy.
Bullying can have serious, lifelong consequences, including death. If a child who has protective parents is the victim of bullying, the parents are able to act to end the bullying. But sadly, for children in foster care, bullying and teasing may be not only be more common, but they may have fewer supports available to help them deal with these issues. CASA volunteers stand up for and with children in foster care to make sure they have everything they need for a healthy and happy life, including protection from bullying. We have many children waiting for a CASA to advocate for them. To learn how you can become a CASA volunteer, click here.
- California Anti-Bullying Laws and Policies - Take a look at California laws and regulations, it's full of helpful links, definitions, prevention, and action plans: https://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/index.html
- Bully Free: How to be an Advocate - Do you know a child who is being bullied? Learn ways to advocate with schools to provide effective anti-bullying programs: http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/BullyFree_How_to_be_an_Advocate.pdf
- Social Media Cyper Bullying: Online Safety and Security Tips for Children, Teens, and Young Adults - Our culture, and the use of social media, has led to bullying becoming more normalized than ever before. Take a look at these tips to keep your youth safe on social media: https://www.cctvcameraworld.com/social-media-cyber-bullying-child-teen-safety-security-tips.html
- Bullying of LGBT Youth and Those Perceived to Have Different Sexual Orientations - Take a look on ways you can support LGBTQ youth: https://www.stopbullying.gov/sites/default/files/2017-09/lgbtyouthtipsheet.pdf
- CASA Conversations - California CASA Association has developed multiple topics, to help volunteers navigate difficult conversations with their youth. http://californiacasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Bullying.pdf