Bullying Information for Students
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually bullying is a repeated offense.
Examples of bullying are:
- Punching, shoving and other acts that physically hurt people
- Spreading rumors about people
- Keeping certain people out of a group
- Teasing people in a mean way
- Getting people to "gang-up" on others
Bullying can also happen online or electronically. When this occurs it is often called cyber-bullying. Cyberbullying is when teens bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other electronic technology. Some examples are:
Why kids bully
There are many reasons why kids bully others, either occassionally or often. Do any of these sound familiar to you?
- Because I see others doing it
- Because it is what you do if you want to hang out with the right crowd
- Because it makes me feel stronger, smarter or better than the person I am bullying
- Because it is the best way to keep others from bullying me
- Because I just can't stand that person
No matter the reason, bullying is something we all need to think about. Whether we have done it ourselves or friends or others we know are doing it, we all need to recognize that bullying has an effect on the lives of people. We need to take action against bullying and by working together, we can make the lives of teens better.
If you are being bullied
If you are being bullied it can make you feel awful. No matter how bad you feel, know that you are not alone. Many teens go through this everyday and even though you may feel hopeless there are things you can do to stopl the bullying:
- Always tell an adult
- Stay in a group
- Tell the bully to stop
- If you are being bullied online, DO NOT REPLY.
- Join clubs or take part in activities.
What not to do if you are being bullied
- Think it is your fault
- Fight back or bully back
- Keep it to yourself
- Skip school or avoid extra-curricular activities
- Think you are a snitch for telling an adult
- Hurt yourself
If you witness bullying
- Report the bullying to an adult
- Support the person being bullied
- Tell the bully to stop
If you feel you have bullied
- Before you bully again here are some other ways to deal with the situation:
- Put yourself in their shoes
- Think about how it must make them feel
- Just don't do it
- See an adult, and get some help with resolving the situation