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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Toni-Ann DiSantis

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

What is Bullying

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. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. 

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

·       Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:

[*]    Teasing

[*]    Name-calling

[*]    Inappropriate sexual comments

[*]    Taunting

[*]    Threatening to cause harm

[*]     

·       Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:

[*]    Leaving someone out on purpose

[*]    Telling other children not to be friends with someone

[*]    Spreading rumors about someone

[*]    Embarrassing someone in public

[*]     

·       Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:

[*]    Hitting/kicking/pinching

[*]    Spitting

[*]    Tripping/pushing

[*]    Taking or breaking someone’s things

[*]    Making mean or rude hand gestures

[*]     

How to Talk About Bullying
Parents, school staff, and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying. They can help kids understand bullying, keep the lines of communication open, encourage kids to do what they love, and model how to treat others with kindness and respect.
Parents, school staff, and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying. They can help kids understand bullying, keep the lines of communication open, encourage kids to do what they love, and model how to treat others with kindness and respect.

 

Prevention at School
Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are a number of things school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying.

 

Working in the Community

Bullying can be prevented, especially when the power of a community is brought together. Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities.