Information on Bullying

What exactly is bullying?

An individual is being bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more individuals.

Bullying implies an imbalance in power & strength.bullying

Four types of bullying

  • Physical - physically hurting another individual (Direct bullying)

  • Verbal - saying mean or demeaning comments to a person’s face (Direct Bullying)

  •  Emotional/Social - isolation/exclusion, gossiping/rumor spreading, saying mean or demeaning comments about another person, etc. (Indirect bullying)

  •  Cyber - bullying someone with the use of technology (i.e. e-mail, text messages, chat rooms, internet, telephone, etc.) (Indirect bullying)

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Warning signs of being bullied:

* Comes home from school with torn or dirty clothing, damaged books

* Has cuts, bruises, scratches

* Has few, if any, friends to play with

* Seems afraid to go to school, complains of headaches, stomach pains, etc.

* Doesn’t sleep well, has bad dreams

* Loses interest in school work

* Seems sad, depressed or moody

* Is anxious, has poor self-esteem

* Is quiet, sensitive, passive

If your child shows several of these warning signs, it’s possible he/she is being bullied. Talk with your child to find out what’s going on & schedule a conference with school staff to discuss your concerns.

What you can do:

* Help your child develop talents & positive attributes

* Encourage your child to make contact with friendly student(s) in their classes

* Encourage your child to get to know peers in new situations

What doesn’t work:

* Ignoring the problem

* Blaming your child for provoking bullying

* Telling the child to “hit back”

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Warning signs of bullying others:

* Teases, threatens, kicks other children

* Is hot-tempered, impulsive, has a hard time following rules

* Is aggressive toward adults

* Is tough, shows no sympathy toward children who are bullied

* Has been involved in other antisocial activities such as vandalism or stealing

If your child shows several of these warning signs, it’s possible that he/she is bullying one or more children. Take some extra time talking with your child about his/her behavior & set up an appointment with school staff to discuss concerns.

What you can do:

* Communicate directly with your child:

          - We know you have been involved in bullying

          - Bullying is a serious behavior

          - We will not tolerate any future bullying behavior

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