Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, respectful, compassionate, and considerate of others. Kindness can be shown through a smile, a compliment, an unexpected act of encouragement or help, a planned surprise, or any gesture of goodwill, positivity, or support. Kindness is the anecdote to bullying behavior. #Ichoosekindness
The Autism Program at Easterseals needs your help with this year’s community outreach for bullying prevention. We are asking our community to choose kindness! Help us reach 1,000 uses of the #Ichoosekindness hashtag to express what kindness means to you and spread the positive power of kindness. Post a short video, photo, story, or words of inspiration to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Please make sure to you use this # to be counted.
We are asking our community to COME TOGETHER! Use the hastag #ICHOOSEKINDNESS
Bullying is intentional, negative behavior that’s repeated and involves an imbalance of social or physical power. Bullying doesn’t just affect the students being bullied. It can cause emotional harm and reduce academic achievement for all students involved: victim, bully, and bystander.
Bullying affects the ability to learn.
One in five students (all grades) report they have been bullied.
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are bullied 30% more than their same-aged peers.
60% of children who are bullied do not report they are being bullied.
70-90% of children witness bullying on a regular basis, whether in person or online.
Among students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, 15% were bullied online or by text.
Research shows that communities who come together can reduce and put a stop to bullying. At Easterseals Serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford, we have certainly made a dent but, we have much more work to do. The Autism Program of Easterseals (TAP) has created a community kindness jar and we are asking people to submit names for school-aged individuals who do acts of kindness. We are also asking you to submit a video, photo, or statements on...
Resources October = Anti-Bullying Month so Easterseals is in full gear creating awareness. As part of our responsibility to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention, we’re providing a list of resources for you to explore during the month of October and beyond.
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Adult Bullying Health Effects
When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior, they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.
Bullying is not just a problem in childhood or the teenage years. In a study of 2,000 adults, 31% reported they are bullied. Those who have been bullied as an adult reported:
71% suffer from stress
70% experience anxiety/depression
55% report a loss of confidence
39% suffer from sleep loss, 26% have headaches. and 22% experience muscle tension or pain
19% reported a mental breakdown
17% noted an inability to function day-to-day, i.e., calling in sick frequently
If you are being bullied …
Try to stay calm.
Don’t let hurtful words beat you down
Tell the bully to stop.
Say nothing and walk away…if you need to, run away!
Remember – bullies hurt others because something wrong is going on in their lives. Even bullies need help.
Get off the internet! Avoid checking the internet (even though you want to).
Delete accounts where you are bullied. Take a screen shot so that you can share it with your parents or others for evidence and support.
Don’t respond to online bullies – getting into online conversations/chats can make you feel worse.
Brush it off with humor.
Tell someone you trust – a friend, parent, teacher, and/or mentor.
Avoid “problematic areas” – areas around the neighborhood or school where bullying can happen.
Safety in numbers - keep yourself surrounded by people.
Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself (we like this one!).
Don’t become a bully yourself. Don’t give in to anger. Don’t give in to peer pressure. If you can, be a friend – apologize to those you’ve bullied and support those who are being bullied.
Ask adults to listen. Tell them: “It’s important.”
Recognize the signs of depression - sadness, wanting to be alone, poor concentration, sleeping problems, and difficulty in school.
If you’re feeling very sad or unsafe – always, always find help (best to find a trusted adult).
Witness to bullying …
One small thing that might change the outcome.
You can choose not to participate. Don’t join in or laugh along. By refusing to participate, you send the message that you don’t agree with what the bully is doing.
You can talk to the person being bullied even if you are not close. Ask them if they are okay. Tell the person that you think what happened is wrong and ask how you can help.
If you feel safe, you can speak up and tell the kids doing the bullying to stop.
You can also report the bullying! Find an adult you trust and ask for help.
When enough people take small steps, they can add up to big changes.
For additional resources, please call our office 815.395.5566