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Most people do not realize the severity of bullying that is taking place in today’s school system with one out of three bullying incidents going unreported during the school year. This number is reduced in half when there in an anti-bullying program within the school

What is Bullying?:

According to www.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.”

 

Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things.

Teasing

Name-calling

Inappropriate sexual comments

Taunting

Threatening to cause harm

Social bullying or relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships.

Leaving someone out on purpose

Telling other children not to be friends with someone

Spreading rumors about someone

Embarrassing someone in public

Cyber – Bullying online

Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions.

Hitting/kicking/pinching

Spitting

Tripping/pushing

Taking or breaking someone’s things

Making mean or rude hand gestures

 

Where and when does bullying happen?

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like on the playground or the bus. It can also happen traveling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the Internet.

 

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