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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
  • Pushing/Shoving
  • Stealing
  • Humiliating, Being Made Fun Of
  • Gossiping
  • Restraining
  • Ripping Clothing and Destroying Belongings
  • Being Shouted At
  • Invalid Criticism
  • Being Singled Out or Treated Differently

 

Cyber Bullying

  • 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