Bullying

Bullying And How it Affects People

Bullying may be defined as the activity of repeated, aggressive behavior intended to cause harm to another person, physically, mentally or emotionally. Physical, verbal, and relational bullying exists mostly in elementary school and could also begin much earlier in preschool. Cyber-bullying, is the most destructive and common form today. It is more common in middle school than in elementary school.


Bullying can be classified into four types:
  • Physical (hitting, punching, or kicking)
  • Verbal (name-calling or taunting)
  • Relational (destroying peer acceptance and friendships)
  • Cyber-bullying (using electronic means to harm others)

Helpline

Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is,

Please call the LIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

How can I tell if my child or friend is being bullied?

Your child or friend may be the victim of bullying if he or she:

  • Comes home from school with torn or dirty clothing, or damaged books.
  • Has cuts, bruises, or scratches.
  • Has few, if any, friends to play with.
  • Seems afraid to go to school, or complains of headaches or stomach pains.
  • Doesn't sleep well or has bad dreams.
  • Loses interest in schoolwork.
  • Seems sad, depressed, or moody most of the time.
  • Is anxious or has poor self-esteem.
  • Is quiet, sensitive, or passive.
  • If your child or friend shows several of these warning signs, it's possible he or she is being bullied. You may want to talk with your child or friend to find out what is troubling him or her, and talk to counselors, teachers, or other parents.

    How can I tell if my friend or child is bullying others?

    Your child may be bullying others if he or she:

    • Teases, threatens, or kicks other children.
    • Is hot-tempered, impulsive, or has a hard time following rules.
    • Is aggressive toward adults and friends.
    • Is tough or shows no sympathy for children who are bullied.
    • Has been involved in other antisocial behavior, such as vandalism or theft.

    If your child or friend shows several of these warning signs, it's possible that he or she is bullying others. You may want to spend some extra time talking with your child or friend about his or her behavior and talk to counselors, teachers, or other parents.

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