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The Topic of Bullying

on August 28, 2013

Definition:

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.

 

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

*An imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power- such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity- to control or harm others.

*Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

WHEN and WHERE:

Bullying can occur during or after school hours.  While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like on the playground or on the bus.  It can also happen traveling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the internet.

How a positive home/school relationship can help:

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.  It is important for everyone to work together to send a unified message against bullying.  Parents and school staff can help to create a school culture of acceptance, tolerance, and respect.  By working together and having meaningful conversations about individual differences, we can stop bullying behavior and teach our children a valuable life lesson.

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