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!
FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS GET BULLIED!