When someone hurts or scares another person on purpose.
It can be tough to protect/defend yourself against bullying.
Bullying is wrong and it is normal to feel upset, worried or afraid.
As bystanders, it can be uncomfortable to watch/witness someone being bullied.
We all have a role to play in reducing bullying in our schools and communities.
Physical threats/acts: pushing, hitting,
Verbal: Name calling, putdowns, making fun of someone
Emotional: Making others feel upset or afraid Excluding someone intentionally
Cyber bullying: Use of text, social media apps/internet to spread rumors, make threats or attack someone online.
Victim: walk away, tell a trusted adult, avoid being confrontational, stick with supportive friend groups.
Bystander: Get the attention of an adult/peers, strength in numbers (stay with the individual being bullied), speak up and tell them to STOP
Bully: Think about how your actions affect others (physically and mentally), know that it is never too late to change your behavior, apologize and make healthier choices for yourself and others. Speak to a trusted adult/counselor about your feelings
Being a good friend involves being a good listener and being trustworthy. If we know a friend is being bullied and they are in danger, we need to get a trusted adult involved as soon as possible. Try explaining to your friend that without asking an adult for help someone may get hurt or the bullying may get worse. If you are comfortable doing so, you can volunteer to go with your friend to speak with a teacher, guidance counselor, or parent together.
Cyberbullying or online bullying can be just as harmful as or worse than bullying in person. Victims of cyberbullying often cannot find a safe space to get a break from the harassment as we rely on the internet each and every day. Some tips to reduce cyberbullying may include: not sharing passwords/ personal information with others, being selective over who we chat with/accept friend requests from online and never sharing comments or photos online that we would not want to become public. The internet is forever!