Bullying : A problem youth can’t always solve on their own

Did you know that, in most cases, it requires only a few minutes of intervention to put a stop to bullying?












Especially if adults act immediately and in a consistent manner.


Some physical, psychological and social bullying happen among children as young as 4 and other bullying behaviour emerges as children move toward adolescence. For example, sexual harassment and dating aggression typically begin in middle school.


Bullying is a power struggle that is difficult to resolve without the help of an adult.


If a child comes to you for help with a bullying situation, whether he or she is a victim or a witness, the latter may need reassurance as well as practical advice. Use your judgment about the circumstances and get as many details as you can.


If you are present when bullying occurs, talk to those who are being aggressive. Explain the hurt they are causing and have them make amends to those who were harmed. This can break the cycle.


If a young person tells you someone is being bullied, listen – and take it seriously even if it seems trivial, such as name-calling. Youth usually go to adults with these problems only as a last resort.

Parents, guardians and adults responsible for young people, you will find tips on how to intervene with victims and witnesses of bullying, for ages 4 to 11 and 12 to 17, by visiting the Bullying Web page.