Do you think bullying is a big deal? It is a big deal and is one of the major issues at schools today. It is a very hurtful thing that can happen.
Angela Cravener, a psychologist at Arizona Desert Elementary, knows about this huge issue. Cravener, a mother of two daughters, has a counseling master’s degree and has helped children for 10 years. She gives speeches against bullying and bullying prevention lessons.
Cravener says bullying is different than in the past because “now people have phones and technology to bully with.” This is the type of bullying she sees most. One of the most common types of bullying Cravener sees is not letting people be a part of the group.
“Anyone can be bullied, boys and girls,” says Cravener. “When a child is being bullied, they usually don’t want to go to school, they are worried and may have a stomach ache or health problem.”
Cravener says if you see someone being bullied, stand up for them and be a good bystander. You can also tell an adult. If you are the one being bullied, Cravener says to use “I” statements such as, “I don’t like it.” She says if you feel your life is in danger, tell an adult.
Cravener says to prevent bullying, “be a good friend. Be friends with people who are alone and always ask people to join in and play.”