We began as a Teacher’s Credit Union back in 1938, so stopping bullying in all forms, especially in schools, is close to our hearts. Our children are the future of our community. Fear for their safety shouldn’t distract them from their education. We support important school and community programs such as BOCES’s CORE (Community Of Resources & Expertise) Program, and their community-wide campaign to stop bullying.

Bullying doesn’t just hurt the target. It hurts everyone. Many forms of bullying are even illegal. In this video, retired New York State Trooper Jim Simpson talks about what he’s learned as an officer, and as a father.

If you’re a student and you’re concerned about bullying, here are some things you can do to avoid a bad situation:

  • Before you assume, learn the facts
  • Before you judge, understand why
  • Before you hurt someone, understand what it’s going to feel like for them
  • Before you speak, stop and think about what you’re about to say
  • In a stressful or already heated situation, calm down before you act; take a deep breath and count to 10
  • Don’t say anything in anger that you’ll regret. Your mood will change, but your words can’t be taken back

If you’re a parent and not sure what to say, here are some great conversation examples (click to download this PDF).

Some great resources on cyberbullying for parents, teens and kids:
http://www.netsmartz.org/Cyberbullying
http://cyberbullying.us/

Contact Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES CORE (Community of Resources & Expertise) for more information at 315-223-6015 or 315-793-8693.