Bullying has become a very common word in the vocabulary of our schools. We truly believe that no one should have to deal with bullying. This webpage is designed to educate students and parents about bullying.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful, and repeated.
Bullying is a problem for everyone. It can not be solved by teachers, counselors, and administrators alone. We must have student and parent help!! Middle school students and parents as well as teachers, counselors, and administrators need to stand together and make bullying unacceptable in our school!
What are the types of Bullying?
Physical - pushing, shoving, hitting, kicking, elbowing, making threats, taunting, intimidation, stealing, and/or damaging another person's property.
Social/Emotional - spreading rumors, lying about other people, gossiping, making insults or embarrassing comments, excluding others for no reason
Cyberbullying - spreading rumors, lying, and/or gossiping about others via emails, texts, social networking sites, instant messages, websites, etc., embarrassing someone with photos and/or videos, threatening or intimidating someone electronically
How do you deal with a bully?
- One of the best ways to deal with a bully is to avoid them. However, you do not want to avoid them to the point that it is keeping you from doing the things that you want to do. Do not miss out on opportunities because of a bully. This is giving them what they want!
- Don't react!! Do not let the bully see your emotions. Reactions are what the bullies are looking for.
- Surround yourself with friends. Bullies are much less likely to pick on someone if they are surrounded by other people. They don't generally want witnesses.
- Be confident! Or if you can't be confident, at least act confident!! Look the bully in the eye and tell them firmly to "Stop" or to " Leave you alone". Let them know that they are not worth your time and walk away with your head held high.
- If you are being cyber-bullied, do not respond!! Show an adult what is being said by the bully, but do not respond to the bully. This generally only makes things worse.
- Tell an adult. Talk to your parents, teachers, and/or counselor and let them know what is happening.
- If you are being bullied, keep a record of what is happening to you. Includes specifics such as dates, times, places, and witnesses.
How Can Others Help?
Many bullying programs have identified that bystanders play a key role in bullying prevention!
If you see someone else being bullied:
- Tell the bully to stop what they are doing
- Ask the person who is being bullied to walk away with you and your friends
- If you do not feel comfortable doing these things, speak to the victim later. Let them know that you are sorry about what happened to them and offer your support.
- Tell an adult. It is important to report bullying to a parent, teacher, counselor, or principal.