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Reasons Students Might Not Report Bullying - Student Response

Reasons Students Might Not Report Bullying - Student Response

Last week on PACERTalks About Bullying, we answered the question, “What are reasons students might not report bullying to an adult?” in 60 seconds or less. On today’s episode, we are having students share their responses to the same question.

  • Author: NBPC
  • Duration: 2:55 minutes
  • Date Posted: 12/11/2019

Series: PACERTalks About Bullying - Season 3

We are thrilled to return for a third season of PACERTalks About Bullying with more interviews, stories, and tips on making the world a kinder, more accepting, and more inclusive place. New this season is the “60 second response,” in which students, adults, and PACER's NBPC staff help answer your most frequently asked questions about bullying prevention.


>> Hey, everyone, welcome back to Pacer Talks about Bullying. I'm Bailey. We're so glad you're here.

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On last week's episode of Pacer Talks about Bullying, we answered one of your most frequently asked questions in 60 seconds or less. The question was: What are some reasons students might not tell an adult about bullying? In this week's episode, we're having students share their answers to the exact same question. They have some great insights, so let's get into the video.

>> I think kids might not tell grownups about bullying because they might be, like, a little bit shy to tell the grownups, or maybe just the bully has something to do with it, like they say, "If you tell the grownup this, then I'll do this," but really, if you tell the -- if you tell the grownup and about what the bully said earlier, then they'll be able to stop both of those things.

>> Well, sometimes bullying can be like almost shameful to you because you think, like, it's your fault that you're that way, but you're really not, and other times it's just about knowing that sometimes adults try and do stuff, but it really -- sometimes they can't do a lot, and it's like just being upset that they can't do anything. They think, you know, I might -- I don't think that they can do anything, so I need to do this myself, but it's really difficult to do it yourself because you have to stand up for yourself and that's really hard.

>> The kid thinks that they might get in trouble with the bully if they tell an adult, or the kid is afraid, maybe the kid just doesn't like telling adults. Maybe you should tell the adult right away when you get bullied if that ever happens again and not wait and wait and think: Oh, wait, should I, shouldn't I, should I?

>> Another reason you might not tell is because the bullies might, like, think that you're just a teacher's pet and that you just -- you need help from teachers all the time, that you can't fight your own battles, but you really just want help. I would tell them, like, "Don't worry, even if they call you a teacher's pet, you're not, because you just -- you just wanted help and you did the right thing, or you're going to do the right thing."

>> And that's a wrap on this week's episode of Pacer Talks about Bullying. Thank you so much to all the amazing students involved in this week's episode. We'll see you right back here next week, and remember, together we can create a world without bullying. See ya.

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