This week I wanted to talk about kindness in a school setting.
A study done by the National Center for Education Statistics in 2010 revealed about one in seven students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade is either a bully or has been a victim of bullying.
I am a college student, I know bullying doesn’t end when you exit High School. Bullying continues in the work place, in social environments, and its something that needs to be stopped. I am going to give you little tips on how to spread kindness, and prevent bullying from a college student perspective.
It may seem silly, but a simple smile can brighten up anyones day. Maybe nobody has smiled at that specific person today. I challenge you to smile at 3 strangers next time you’re walking on campus (or around your own neighborhood). If you’re up for a mega challenge, smile at every person you pass.
2. Sit with someone new
This tip is mainly for students who eat in the cafeteria, or in a social setting like a student union. If you see someone sitting alone (and they aren’t doing something important like studying or on a phone call), introduce your self and make a new friend.
If you see someone wearing new cool shoes, tell them you like their shoes! Find ways to compliment people as much as you can, everyone feels better when someone says something nice about them.
4. Be Respectful
Sometimes you just don’t agree with someones point of view or you don’t like a choice they make, but there is a respectful way to go about telling them. Its also not respectful to run yelling down a hallway a night or steal someone else’s belongings. If you follow the general rule be respectful in college (or in any setting) you can go far.
5. Be Helpful
If you see someone trip down the stairs, help them up. See someone coming in the door behind you, hold it open for them. If you’re friend is struggling in a class,offer tohelp them study. There are so many ways to be helpful!
These are just 5 ways to help spread kindness. There are so many more, but these are the ones I find most important. Kindness is so important, especially in a school setting. If every college student follows these 5 easy rules i feel like college could be a better place.
I want to finish by saying, if you are a victim of bullying, talk to someone. A school psychologist (Yes, even colleges have them), a faculty member, for hall bullying a Resident Director, or even a close friend. Bullies need to be stopped, and if victims all stay voiceless, the bullies will continue to bully. And if you witness bullying, stop it. It may sound worthless but over 56% of all students have witnessed a bullying crime take place at their school but a very low percent do anything to stop it. The most obvious way is to intervene in the situation, but there are times it could be harmful to intervene. Talk to the victim and talk to someone else of higher status that I mentioned earlier.
“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Go spread some kindness today, and together we can end bullying! One smile at a time 🙂
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