- Aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength.
- Bullying can take many forms: physical, verbal, nonverbal or emotional, and cyber
- Bullying situations usually involve more than the bully and the victim. They also involve by standers — those who watch bullying happen or hear about it.
- An important new strategy for bullying prevention focuses on the powerful role of the bystander. Depending on how bystanders respond, they can either contribute to the problem or the solution. Bystanders rarely play a completely neutral role, although they may think they do.
- The use of physical force to hurt another student by hitting, pushing, shoving, kicking, pinching or holding them down. Physical bullying also includes taking or breaking a student’s belongings or stealing or extorting money.
- The use of words to hurt another student. This includes threatening, taunting, intimidating, insulting, sarcasm, name-calling, teasing, slurs, graffiti, put-downs and ridicule.
- Intimidation through gestures or facial expressions; hostile gestures such as making faces, staring, giving the evil eye, eye rolling and spitting.
- Intimidation through social exclusion; disruption of another student’s peer relationships through leaving them out, gossiping, whispering and spreading rumors, including the silent treatment
- The use of cell-phones, text messages, e-mails, instant messaging, chats, blogs and social networking sites such as facebook to intimidate, embarrass, insult, tease, spread rumors, threaten, etc.
How to help
- Talk to a trusted adult - parents, a teacher, a counselor, or coach.
- Walk away and get help…if you stay and watch, you’re part of the problem. If you get help, you’re part of the solution.
- Ask for help from friends in speaking out…there’s strength in numbers.
- Be assertive, not aggressive…speaking out helps, fighting and insults don’t.
Did you know?
1 in 7 students:
- has been builled
- admits to being a bully or committing bullying behaviors
- in every classroom feels the effects of bullying
A child is bullied every 7 minutes.
Children who are bullied are more likely to:
- be depressed
- be lonely
- feel anxious
- have low self-esteem
- feel unwell
- have migraine headaches
- think about suicide