What Strategies Do Kids Find Most Helpful?
Children who witness or experience bullying often may not know how to respond.
They may have received mixed messages about bullying from adults or they may be worried about how their response will affect their relationship with other students. Often times adults will suggest that children use a predictable strategy or set of strategies when faced with bullying (e.g., ignore it, walk away, tell the person to stop, etc.).
In order to determine the effectiveness of these common strategies, Nixon and Davis25 asked over 12,000 students, including over 1,600 bullied students, what strategies they have used in bullying situations and which of those strategies were most or least effective in making the situation better.
According to the Youth Voice Project, the strategies bullied children identified as most helpful and least helpful are listed below.