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Bullying Prevention


What is a Bully
Aggressive behavior may be bullying depending on what happened, how often it happens and who it happens to. Find out what bullying is and what the different types are. You can also learn more about other topics related to bullying.

Bullying Definition
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. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying
Physical - Hitting, kicking, etc./ more commonly used by boys than girls.
Verbal - Taunting (not teasing), using words to hurt; most common from of bullying.
Relational - Excluding from a group, includes rumors; more commonly used among girls than boys.
Cyber - Use of electronic devices to intimidate, put-down, spread rumors, etc.

Ways to Stop a Bully
Avoid the bully. Avoid places you know he/she will be.
Ignore the bully. Walk away; bullies want a reaction. Don't give them one.
Be confident, not aggressive. Use a firm voice to tell the bully to "Stop".
Practice - work with a friend or adult to practice how to best handle a confrontation.
Hang with friends who will stand by you. Join school activities to make more friends. Stand up for your friends if they are bullied.
Believe in yourself. Good self-esteem helps you cope with bullies.
Distract the bully by changing the subject or making a joke.
Don't bully back. Fighting back will likely get you into trouble.
Remain calm. Self-control gives you power.
Tell a friend or trusted adult.

Never blame yourself for being bullied...it's not your fault!

Our guidance department provides anti-bullying lessons for all grade levels and resources to assist students and teachers throughout the year. Please contact your child's teacher, our guidance department or our administration if you have questions or concerns or need more information.