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Anti-Bullying

The US Department of Health and Human Services' National Bullying Prevention Campaign "Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!" defines bullying as "aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. Usually, it is repeated over time. Traditionally, bullying has involved actions such as: hitting or punching (physical bullying), teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying), or intimidation through gestures or social exclusion. In recent years, technology has given children and youth a new means of bullying each other. Cyberbullying, which is sometimes referred to as online social cruelty or electronic bullying, can involve: sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images; posting sensitive, private information about another person; pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad; (or) intentionally excluding someone from an online group".

Bullying: It's not OK!

What is bullying? Bullying is an intentional, hurtful act carried out repeatedly and over time, which harms, induces fear and/or creates terror in the victim. It is characterized by an imbalance of power between the victim and the aggressor, and can take several forms including physical, emotional and social bullying. It may be verbal in nature (i.e., name-calling, teasing, threatening, gossiping, etc.), but can also take the form of non-verbal harassment such as poking, tripping, stealing, destroying the personal property of others, and/or ostracizing someone from a group. Bullying is different form fighting or teasing. What makes it different is the way the bully shows power over the victim. Bullies try to control others using scare tactics, and often will seek out victims who are alone, act very emotional, or who give in to others easily. Who is involved in bullying? Both girls and boys can be involved in bullying. Where does bullying occur? Bullying can happen anywhere. At school, bullying often happens in the halls, at lunch, and on the playground - especially when no adult is directly supervising. It can also occur on the school bus, in a child's neighborhood or on the Internet. Telling is not tattling: know the difference! Bullying affects everyone: the victims, the bullies and the bystanders. If you or someone you know is being bullied, TELL until you get the help you need. Children "TATTLE" when they want to: 1) Get someone in trouble. 2) Look good in someone else's eyes. 3)Get attention. 4) Have an adult solve their problem. Children are "TELLING" when they: 1) Want protection for themselves or someone else. 2)Want protection for their own or someone else's property. 3)Are scared. 4)Are in danger. 5)Bullying is not okay. Keep TELLING until you get the help you need . Call the school Student Support Office if you wish to report any bullying currently taking place.

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