Bullying and Kids
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Michael Carpenter, PhD, Educator and Bullying Prevention TrainerWho do people pick on?
Azha 5th GraderThey're picking out people who are different.
David 5th GraderWell mostly I see like… the dweebs, the spazes…
NarratorMichael Carpenter takes bullying very seriously.
Michael Carpenter, PhD, Educator and Bullying Prevention TrainerWill beat you up after school today…creating fear
NarratorIn fact, he's on a mission to reverse the trend-
Michael Carpenter, PhD, Educator and Bullying Prevention TrainerStand here if you are a supporter.
NarratorFrequently leading education workshops like this one to teach children about their options should they become a victim or see someone else being bullied.
Deny 5th GraderLike bullies are cowards and like they never pick on someone the same size or the same power as them…
NarratorKids who are more physically or psychologically vulnerable are those most likely to fall prey to ridicule or violence.
Michael Carpenter, PhD, Educator and Bullying Prevention TrainerThey don't feel good about themselves usually. They may be extra sensitive about some things. They may look different. Their perception is different.
Jocelyn 5th GraderThey said I was ugly. They called me fat… and they said my hair was always crazy.
NarratorSo the old adage 'sticks and stones'?
Michael Carpenter, PhD, Educator and Bullying Prevention TrainerOh please…yes sticks and stones. So what do girls tells us? Girls tell us that they would rather be hit and kicked physically than to be ostracized or excluded.
NarratorIn recent years the practice has even infected social media … with terms like cyber bullying becoming common. Meaning bullying isn't limited to just physical assault, but includes exclusion, name-calling, gossip, rumor and lies …
Michael Carpenter, PhD, Educator and Bullying Prevention TrainerBullying is repeated, intentional and power-based behaviors. Have you ever been bullied before?
David 5th Graderuh yes…a lot.
Michael Carpenter, PhD, Educator and Bullying Prevention TrainerDid you feel alone?
5th GraderWell…of course.
NarratorExperts say it's essential for responsible adults to gain the trust of kids they suspect are being victimized-even getting their advice on how to handle the situation. Who's doing the bullying? It's often the most popular kids…
Michael Carpenter, PhD, Educator and Bullying Prevention TrainerThey have people backing them up. They feel better about what they do because they've got people helping them. You all are in a position called 'the defenders', you dislike what you see and you're trying to help.
NarratorPrograms like this encourage on-lookers to do something other than watch… or worse…egg-on an assault…
Michael Carpenter, PhD, Educator and Bullying Prevention TrainerIf somebody gets their books knocked down in the hallway and someone else comes by and Kicks them, how much courage does it take to help pick up some books and hand it to the person?
NarratorBut directly confronting the person who bullies is not recommended. Instead, Carpenter persuades kids to keep a detailed record of events…
Michael Carpenter, PhD, Educator and Bullying Prevention TrainerWrite down what's happening, where it's happening, when it's happening, who's doing it, any witnesses. Take that log to someone that you trust—a school administrator, a counselor, a teacher and say this is what's going on with me…please help me.
NarratorFor WebMD, I'm Damon Meharg.
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