Dealing With Bullying

Why is everyone talking about Bullying?

Bullying is not a new activity. What is new is our attitude towards bullying. Gone are the days that we excuse bullying with passing comments such as “boys will be boys” and “everyone gets bullied, it makes you tough.” The truth is the effects of bullying have lasting consequences for the bully, the victim and the bystanders who don’t speak up.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is not an argument or a one-time occurrence. Bullying is repeated attempts by the aggressor to use power and control to intimidate someone else. They may use one or more of the following tactics to bully another.

  • Physical – hitting, punching, kicking
  • Emotional – name calling, rumor spreading
  • Psychological – premeditated acts to embarrass or harass others like faking an online Facebook account to gain access to someone and expose their personal information
  • Cyber – Threats, harassment or humiliation aimed at a target using the internet, cell phone or other technology
  • Sexual – Using sexuality or gender as a weapon to threaten, harass or tease

The “Bully”

  • Bullies often are bullied so they bully others for power and control because they need others approval.
  • Boys and girls bully differently. Boys’ abuse is more physical and girls tend to abuse emotionally or psychologically.
  • Bullying is a gateway behavior often leading to crime. A study found 60 percent of boys whom researchers classified as bullies in grades six to nine were convicted of at least one crime by the age of 24, while 40 percent had three or more convictions.1
  • If your child is reported as a bully, early intervention to address anger or self-esteem issues can prevent a lifetime of anti-social behavior.

SafeSchools Alert

Online incident reporting and tracking system.

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Great resources for everything “Bully”.

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Teens Against Bullying

National Bullying Prevention Center

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National Crime Prevention Council - Bullying

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Teens Against Bullying (National Bullying Prevention Center)

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Teen Suicide (Teen Lifeline)

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