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What is Bullying?

Bullying is when a person who thinks he/she is more powerful, purposely hurts or frightens a targeted person on a repeated basis.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the use of the Internet or cell phone to send or post harmful or cruel text or photos to bully others. Source: Kaye Randall

Bullying & Cyberbullying Include

  • Physical violence: hitting
  • Verbal taunts: name calling
  • Sexual: touching that makes one feel uncomfortable
  • Writing, emailing, or texting nasty things about others
  • Talking items that do not belong to you
  • Texting photos of others to hurt or embarrass them

Tips on How Parents Can Help

  • Teach your child how to be assertive and confident
  • Help your child learn social skills to make friends
  • Contact the school and speak to your child’s teacher or counselor
  • If you think your child is a bully, help get to the root of the problem
  • Know your child’s online passwords
  • Review your child’s buddy list and find out who the people really are
  • Tell your child not to share personal information online, such as a Social Security number, name, address, phone number, school, or even where they are going on vacation

Signs of Being Bullied

  • Fear of using the school restroom
  • Fear of the bus ride to and from school
  • Fear of reading emails or texts
  • Lack of interest in school: grades drop
  • Physical symptoms of illness: stomachache, headache
  • Physical signs: cuts, bruises, damage to clothing or possessions

If you suspect your child is being bullied OR if you feel you are being bullied, contact your school counselor IMMEDIATELY!

If you see a friend being bullied, go see your counselor and report it!