WHAT IS BULLYING?
•Bullying is unwanted, aggressive or threatening behavior.
•This behavior is based on a difference in power. This difference a come from physical strength, access to embarrassing information or popularity.
•The behavior has a possibility of continuing.
•Threats, rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, online or in person, and excluding someone from a group on purpose, are examples of bullying.
THREE TYPES OF BULLYING
Putting someone down
Threatening to cause harm
Saying inappropriate sexual comments
Leaving someone out on purpose
Telling other kids not to be friends with someone
Spreading rumors about someone
Embarrassing someone in public
Harassing someone via social media
Making online threats of violence
Hitting, Kicking, Pinching
Taking or breaking someone’s things
Making mean or rude hand gestures
WHY DO KIDS BULLY?
•They might be bullied at home by their parents, associates, siblings, neighbors, etc.
•They might be very self-conscious, so they take it out on others.
•They might not realize they are bullies.
•They might believe that behaving in this manner is “normal”.
•They feel they will gain popularity and feel more powerful by putting others down.
ASKING FOR HELP
Recognize when you are in a bullying situation. You should never feel threatened, you should never feel unsafe and you should never be afraid to attend school. Report the bullying situation to an adult immediately. Be sure to document all the details!
**DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RESOLVE THE MATTER ALONE**
BULLYING CAN BE PROSECUTED AS A CRIME! Threats of violence, physical altercations, damage to personal property, repeated harassment can all be prosecuted. New laws can also make it a crime to film and post incidents to social media!
Everyone who witnesses acts of bullying has a responsibility to report it!