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Bullying Prevention & Awareness

Bullying Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, and the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying

  • Verbal: Saying or writing mean things.
  • Social: Sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships.
  • Physical: Hurting a person's body or possessions.
  • Cyber: Bullying which takes place over digital devices. 

 

How to Handle Bullying

If you’re being bullied, here are some things you might try:

  • Tell a friend.
  • Walk away.
  • Chill out. Try hard not to show any emotion.
  • Try not to be alone in places where the bully picks on you.
  • Don’t fight back.
  • Write it down. Keep track of what happens and what the bully says.
  • Tell an adult.
  • Report bullying at school to your teachers, school counselor, principal.

If you see someone being bullied, here are some things you can do:

  • Remember that it’s not the victim’s fault.
  • Don’t let the victim be alone.
  • Tell an adult.

 

How to Handle Cyberbullying

  • Never respond.
  • Keep records. Print out everything and write down the date and time you found it.
  • Go to the authorities. Tell your parents or school officials.
  • You aren’t helpless

 

Bullying doesn’t have to be a fact of life. Adults don’t want it to go on in school. So if you’re the victim of a bully-or if you know someone who is-don’t wait. The sooner you act, the sooner the bullying will stop.