What is Bullying?
Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as “Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time”
It describes 3 types of bullying
Verbal Bullying – including name-calling, teasing, inappropriate comments, or threatening to cause harm.
Social Bullying – causing harm to someone’s reputation or relationships including spreading rumors, purposeful embarrassment, and intentional harm or harassment.
Physical Bullying – causing intentional physical harm to someone’s body or property/physical belongings. Can include pinching, pushing, punching, kicking, etc.
Signs of Bullying:
Stay alert to spot the signs potentially associated with bullying. Look out for:
Changes in sleep or eating patterns
Emotional outbursts or mood swings
Claims of sickness in the mornings
Frequently ‘looses’ money
Returns home with missing or damaged belongings
Lack of desire to go to school
School grades begin to fall
To learn more about signs that may be associated with bullying check out the National Centre Against Bullying.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is any act of bullying typically social or verbal that is conducted online via direct message or social media. Cyberbullying typically involves the repeated harmful use of electronics, like computers and cell phones to elicit or imply some type of power imbalance.
To learn more about cyberbullying read more from the Cyberbullying Research Center.
What Can You Do to Help?
Parents, Teachers, and other Mentors can act as ally, explore anti-bullying tactics, promote a
positive culture, and maintain open lines of communication about bullying and cyberbullying.
To learn more about anti-bullying tactics check out this resource page by Smart Social.
Advice for Kids:
Here are some tips for Kids Health for ways kids can improve a situation where bullying is involved:
Avoid the bully and use the buddy system
Hold the anger, try to remain calm and don’t react
Act brave, walk away, and ignore the bully
Tell an adult
Talk about it
National Bullying Prevention Month:
What is Bullying:
Signs of Bullying:
What is Cyberbullying: https://cyberbullying.org/what-is-cyberbullying
Kids Health – Helping Kids Deal with Bullies: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/bullies.html
Olivia is a Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Hanover College and President of her class. She currently lives in New Mexico but frequently travels and loves to go on hikes with her dog.
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