What is bullying?
Bullying is behavior that hurts or harms another person physically or emotionally. Bullying can be very overt, such as fighting, hitting or name calling, or it can be covert, such as gossiping or leaving someone out on purpose. It is intentional, meaning the act is done willfully, knowingly and with deliberation. The targets have difficulty stopping the behavior directed at them and struggle to defend themselves.
What are the different types of bullying?
Verbal bullying is name-calling, making offensive remarks, or joking about a person's religion, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or the way they look.
Physical bullying includes any physical contact that would hurt or injure a person like hitting, kicking, punching, etc.
Relational bullying is excluding someone from a game or group on purpose. It also includes spreading rumors, and/or making fun of someone by pointing out their differences.
Intimidation is threatening someone else and frightening that person enough to make him or her do what the bully wants.
Cyber bullying is done by sending negative, embarrassing, belittling or threatening messages, pictures, or information using computers (email instant messages, and social networking sites), or cell phones (text messaging and voicemail).
What are some statistics that should everyone know about bullying?
71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
Every day, 160,000 students skip school because they are afraid they will be bullied.
The most common reason cited for being harassed is a student's appearance or body size. Two out of five teens feel that they are bullied because of the way that they look.
57 percent of students who experience harassment in school never report the incident to the school. Ten percent of those who do not report stay quiet because they do not believe that teachers or staff can do anything. As a result, more than a quarter of students feel that school is an unsafe place to be.
Nine out of 10 LGBT youth reported being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
41 percent of principals say they have programs designed to create a safe environment for LGBT students, but only 1/3 of principals say that LGBT students would feel safe at their school.
One in four teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.
A victim of bullying is twice as likely to take his or her own life compared to someone who is not a victim.
Only one in 10 victims of cyberbullying tell a parent. Fewer than one in five cyberbullying incidents are reported to the police
Check out these websites for more facts and information about bullying and bullying prevention.
Make Beats Not Beat Downs
Stomp Out Bullying
Bulling is 100% UNACCEPTABLE and 100% preventable.
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In honor of national bully prevention month what are YOU doing to help prevent and stop bullying?