Studies indicate that Bullying occurs every seven minutes on the playground and every 25 minutes in the classroom.
Bullying Behaviour Includes:
- Hitting, Spitting, Pinching, Biting, Hair Pulling, Kicking, Slapping
- Name Calling
- Humiliating, Being Made Fun Of
- Ripping Clothing and Destroying Belongings
- Being Shouted At
- Invalid Criticism
- Being Singled Out or Treated Differently
- Electronic bullying, online bullying or cyber harassment.
- Use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person.
- Cyber bullying inflicts serious harm on the kids and adults who are victimized.
- It is about power and control; establishing dominance over those they view as weaker.
- Ways to bully online include sending threatening or insulting messages, spreading hateful rumors, building websites to target others, posting embarrassing pictures and sending unwanted sexual information.
Signs of Bullying:
- Sudden fear or reluctance to go to school
- Spending more time alone
- Spending less time doing activities once enjoyed
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Grades begin to fall
- Ripped or torn clothing at the end of the day
- Frequent cuts or bruises
- Loss of money or possessions
- Physical complaints such as headaches or stomachaches
Impacts of Bullying:
- Feelings of fear, hurt, anger and anxiety
- Some victims have a drop in school performance
- Victim feels like they cannot escape the harassment
- “Walking on eggshells” if they do not know who the bully is
- Feel powerless, frustrated, excluded, exposed and embarrassed
- Fear of losing access to technology if they tell their parents what is happening
- Depression or suicide
If You Are Being Bullied . . .
- Walk away and get to a safe place
- Avoid places where bullying has happened
- Talk to someone you trust like your parents, teacher, counselor or coach
- Talk to the school Principal
- If you are experiencing cyberbullying, block sender’s messages and do not reply
- Save the message and forward it to your internet service provider
- If messages involve threats, contact the police