What is Bullying?

Bullying is a serious problem that can lead to years of pain and unhappiness. Bullying
Bullyingis any repeated hurtful or aggressive act that is used to intentionally frighten or intimidate others. Bullying involves a real or perceived imbalance of power between the bully and the victim.Bullies recognize and use their physical, social, or emotional power over others. They feel a sense of entitlement and justification for their actions. Bullying happens in many places not just schools. Bullying also occurs in families and neighborhoods.

Examples of bullying include:

  • Threatening words, looks, or gestures
  • Physical harm and intimidation
  • Intentionally leaving people out
  • Spreading rumors
  • Demanding money, property, or service
  • Repeated harassment
  • Not accepting differences (race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation)

How is Teasing Different Than Bullying?
  • Teasing is enjoyable for both people
  • Each person feels good about him/herself
  • Roles of Teaser and Teased can be switched
  • Ends when the person being teased says STOP

What Can Students Do?
If you are being bullied:
  • Tell the bully to STOP
  • Ignore the bully
  • Tell an adult
If you see someone being bullied:
  • Tell the bully to STOP
  • Help the victim
  • Tell an adult

What Can Parents Do?

  • Notice and talk about any changes in your child’s behavior
  • Talk with your child about bullying and who can help
  • Ask your child how they get along with their classmates
  • Teach your child that bullying is wrong and unsafe and that adults need to know when it happens
  • Teach your child ways to solve conflicts
  • Teach your child how to help others who are being bullied
  • Contact your child’s school counselor for assistance if bullying happens at school