Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How To Get Help for Bullying | Resources for Help With Bullying

Bullying Help. A Government View and a Private Initiative View.

The following information provides resources and contact numbers for obtaining additional help with bullying. It is important to note that this has some conspicuously missing components, as with most government and education institutional based bullying programs- physical intervention.  What should you (or your child if a parent) do when you are in immediate physical danger?

What Happens When Bullying Gets Violent?
The most prevalent training programs suggest that you call the police or tell and adult or do not even acknowledge physical violence.  Trying to talk ones way out of a bullying situation when it has gone physically abusive is an inappropriate and very dangerous response.  This is where my programs are different.

When push comes to shove, our constitution guarantees our right to self defense.  Physical intervention is a critical step in learning how to deal with physical bullying.  As a private bully prevention training organization we have more latitude in offering physical intervention options.  Although it is always a last resort, it is, and should be an option for children to know how to deal with a physical assault.

Isn't survival self defense a fundamental human right?

Our Bullying Prevention and Self Defense programs teach:

  • Assessment skills to be able to better predict when a bullying situation could get physical. 
  • Physical intervention skills that are humane and force appropriate, usually using the minimum amount of force to escape to safety.  The techniques are drawn from law enforcement and bodyguard security tactics which minimize harm to either child.
  • Advocates responsibility rather than abdication for protection. 
  • Cover and evacuate drills.
  • Using barriers and other physical environmental geometry for defense and protection.
  • Using distractions and diversions to create great window opportunity for escape.
  • Encourage open discussion with parents on when and where it is appropriate to use physical intervention skills for protection and the responsibility and consequences that comes with them.
My team and I have been teaching men, women and children self defense and bullying solutions for over 25 years.  We've helped thousands of children successfully deal with bullying problems and helped them rebuild self-esteem and peace of mind.  If you would like more information about our training programs and how to effectively deal with bullying contact  Visit: or  go to Arizona Bully Proof Training.  Ask about our school assemblies, school talks, presentations, seminars, bullying prevention teacher training, bully proof kids and speaking events.  We make learning fun and the lessons last.

John D. Nottingham
Arizona Bullying Intervention Initiative
The AZ Bullying Prevention Project

Bullying Prevention Training and Networking: The Bullying Prevention Initiative International FACEBOOK

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How Do I Get Help?

There are things you can do to stop the bullying.  Visit pages that apply directly to you:
If you are a parent or guardian, talk to the school administration or the adult that supervises your child’s community activities.

What to Do When Bullying Continues or Gets Worse

If the bullying gets worse and you need additional help, consider the following if: 
Someone is at immediate risk of harm because of bullyingCall the police 911
Your child is feeling suicidal because of bullyingContact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Your child’s teacher is not keeping your child safe from being bulliedContact local school administrator (principal or superintendent) 
Your school is not keeping your child safe from being bulliedContact the State School Department
Your child is sick, stressed, not sleeping, or is having other problems because of bullyingContact your counselor or other health professional Exit Disclaimer
Your child is bullied because of their race, ethnicity, or disability and local help is not working to solve the problemContact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office on Civil Rights

Please note that though the Federal Departments of Health and Human Services and Education care deeply about bullying, they are limited in their ability to intervene in specific cases; bullying and other discipline policies and laws are set at the state and local levels.


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