What Adults Should Know

If you have, teach, or interact with students you can be an important resource to help prevent bullying, respond to aggressive acts, or support students impacted by it. See below for more information and important facts all adults should know.

Bullying Part 2


While peers can be strong allies in derailing bullying behavior, students need a guiding force. Remember to talk often with your students about the effects of bullying.

Open conversations and empathetic understanding can help prevent behavior that may lead to bullying.

There are never any “winners” in bullying situations and bullying behaviors are often the result of of insecurities, fear, and potentially trauma.

Students Report the Most Harmful Things Adults Can Do Are:

  • Tell students to handle the problem by themselves
  • Tell students bullying wouldn’t happen to them if they behaved differently
  • Telling students to stop “tattling”
  • Ignoring what is going on

Davis & Nixon, 2010