The First Tee: Working to Prevent Bullying

Categories: Blog, Life Skills, Mentoring, Uncategorized

prevent bullyingAt The First Tee, we believe in teaching kids and teens the importance of maintaining healthy relationships and effectively handling challenging situations, including bullying and navigating social media. By emphasizing values like respect, courtesy and sportsmanship, The First Tee is equipping young people to respond appropriately when tough situations arise around them.

What is Bullying?
According to stopbullying.gov, bullying is an unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. 

But bullying doesn’t just happen in person–it also occurs through social media platforms, text messages and video games. Cyberbullying is an ever-growing form of bullying that takes place through the use of electronic communication.

prevent bullyingToday’s youth aren’t able to simply leave their problems at the playground. Instead, their bullies follow them everywhere they go through their phones, tablets and video game consoles.

How to Prevent Cyberbullying
Through emphasizing the importance of friends as one of The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits kids and teens learn the importance of maintaining healthy relationships and surrounding one’s self with supportive friends. Kids and teens also learn how to effectively handle challenging situations and confrontation, including bullying both on and offline.

Talking with kids about how to respond to cyberbullying and how to interact via technology is really important in dealing with bullying. OnGuardOnline provides resources that promote safety, security and responsibility online. Stop. Think. Click., an OnGuardOnline campaign, encourages youth to take the time to actually stop and think before they respond to messages via text or online.

prevent bullyingEncourage the young people in your life to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being bullied and/or cyberbullied. Adults working together to promote anti-bullying messages can reinforce that bullying is unacceptable.

To find out more about bullying, please visit stopbullying.gov.

 

3 responses to “The First Tee: Working to Prevent Bullying

  1. We are sorry to hear that you have been bullied and are not receiving support. Do you participate in First Tee programs? We would like to connect you with a local First Tee chapter where we have caring adult mentors who may be able to help. We have 150 chapters with more than 1,200 locations. You can view them all here: https://firsttee.org/locations. If you let us know the chapter location nearest you, we can help connect you to an adult in your community.

    There are also additional resources available here: https://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/what-you-can-do/index.html
    How report cyber bullying here: https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/how-to-report/index.html

    We believe all young people, including you, deserve to be treated with respect and courtesy. Please email us at bwynne@thefirsttee.org and let us know if we can help connect you to an adult at one of our chapters near you.

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