WHAT IS BULLYING?

Bullying refers to the unwanted, aggressive and continuous behavior that involves an unfair power balance between individuals.

Bullying can be classified into three main types: Verbal, Social, and Physical.

Verbal Bullying: There are many examples of how children bully other children simply by using their words. Some examples are constantly teasing a student, calling a student names, directing inappropriate sexual comments or remarks towards a student or repeatedly taunting a student.

Social Bullying: Social bullying comes in many forms and often involves an individual being targeted by a group of people. The group may leave someone out on purpose, tell other kids not to be friends with or play with that person, spread untrue and hurtful rumors and even publicly embarrass someone.

Physical Bullying: Physical bullying occurs when an individual or group hits, pushes, fights, etc... another individual with the intent to harm or degrade them. No one should EVER physical injure another person for any reason. Examples of physical bullying can include but are not limited to hitting, kicking, pinching, tripping, pushing. Other examples could be rude or mean hand gestures or threatening someone with physical violence.

What Do You Do If You Find Yourself In Any Of These Situations?

Tell a Trusted Adult!

If bullying occurs it should be reported a trusted adult immediately.  Tell a teacher, a counselor, a friend or a parent or guardian.

Below are some helpful tips if you are being bullied or see someone being bullied:

* Be confident and assertive. Unfortunately, bullies like to pick on people who they think might be weaker than they are, and being assertive and confident will help prove them wrong.

* Don't be afraid to tell the bully to stop immediately when you feel uncomfortable. Use your WORDS! It is ok to stand up for yourself or others while using respectful words.

* When possible, ignore the bully. Bullies unfortunately are looking for a reaction from you, and often lose interest in bullying an individual when they aren't given the satisfaction of making you upset.  If the bullying behavior continues, tell someone!

* Walk away if the bully approaches you. Trying to walk away as if you're walking toward someone or something that affects you positively will reduce your sense of possible fear.

* Try to create a "force field" or wall around you. Imagine that negative words or gestures cannot get to you. This wall or "force field" should be your positive, because you are in control of your life.

* Surround yourself with people who care about you. Surrounding yourself with people who are positive will not only boost your confidence, but keep you focused on the people who matter most to you!

* Stand tall with your head held high. Body language plays a big part in identifying whether someone is confident or not.

* Remember that as bad as it may get, you're above the bully’s bad actions. It will get better if you get help!

* If you see something, SAY SOMETHING!  It only takes one person to stand up against bullying.  Be an active bystander by using your words to help someone who is being bullied, or by helping them report the behavior to a trusted adult.

 

Source: Fact Sheet: What to do if you are being bullied

Cyber-bullying

Cyber-bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyber-bullying include threatening text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Source: Stopbullying.gov

Cyber-bullying statistics:

    * Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and almost the same number have engaged in cyber-bullying.

    * 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online.

    * Over half of young people do not tell their parents when they are being cyber bullied.

    * 1 in 10 teens tell a parents if they been a cyber-bully victim.

    * 1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without permission, often using cell phones and cameras.

    * Fewer than 1 in 5 cyber-bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement.

    * About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves.

    * Girls are more likely than boys to be involved in cyber-bullying.

    * About half of young people have experienced some form of cyber-bullying and 10 to 20 percent experience it regularly.

    * Mean hurtful comments and spreading rumors are the most common type of cyber-bullying.

    * Cyber-bullying affects all races and victims are more likely to have low self-esteem and to consider suicide.

Source: Essential Guide to Bullying Statistics 2014

Cyber-bullying Prevention Tips:

* Never share your information online if it could be used against you, such as passwords or usernames for social media or email accounts.

* Watch your tone when you communicate online, you never know how the person on the receiving end of your message will respond to it.  Remember - use your WORDS in a positive way!

* Don’t participate in cyber-bullying behavior and report any cyber-bullying behavior that you see to a trusted adult or social media site webmaster.

* If you are being cyber-bullied, screenshot any images posted online and save any conversations between you and the bully. Block the bully’s online social media accounts or email address if necessary, and stop responding to any messages from the bully.

Source: Preventing Cyber-bullying: Top Ten Tips for Teens