Information from Stopbullying.gov:
Bullying is 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. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
- Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Facts about bullying:
- 1/10 of students drop out of school due to repeated bullying
- 42% of children are bullied on the internet
- 53% of children admit to having bullied another child at least once
- 90% of school violence begins with a verbal conflict that escalates
- 'Schoolyard bullies' are more likely to go to jail as grown-ups
- Kids who are bullied have an increase risk for depression and suicide
What can you do?
- Report bullying to a trusted adult
- Be nice to the victim
- Be assertive, stand up for yourself
- Ignore the bully
- Walk away or avoid the bully
- Tell the bully to stop
- Say something unexpected ex. "Thank you" or "God Bless"
- Participate in group activities