Do you think your child is being bullied at school? Do you need help identifying what it actually is and is NOT?
We are here to help.
By definition, bullying is aggressive or hateful behavior toward one individual or groups of people. Those people who are bullies typically use their power over invididuals to make them feel intimidated or unworthy. Bullying can happen anywhere: at school, on the bus, on the playground, and even on the Internet. Bullying can be found anywhere and sometimes is hard to identify. For hateful behavior to be considered bullying, look for:
- An imbalance of power
- Behaviors that happen more than once
- Examples include: making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone verbally or physically, and purposefully excluding someone from a group
Bullying is becoming a big “buzz” word in schools and our children sometimes think they are being bullied when in fact, they just have trouble understanding what it means. Bullying is NOT:
- Feeling rejected from a group
- Singe episode of anger from another person
- Feeling intimidated
- Mutual disagreements or arguments
For more information on bullying, including the “Bullying Hurts” brochure, visit the National Centre Against Bullying.