Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bullying Is Everyone’s Problem

One source defines bullying as “use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.”  Another, describing bullying in a school setting says, 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. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.”  This article goes on to say, “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. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
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.”  [There are 3 types of bullying—verbal, social, and physical described below.]
·         Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
§  Teasing
§  Name-calling
§  Inappropriate sexual comments
§  Taunting
§  Threatening to cause harm
·         Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
§  Leaving someone out on purpose
§  Telling other children not to be friends with someone
§  Spreading rumors about someone
§  Embarrassing someone in public
·         Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
§  Hitting/kicking/pinching
§  Spitting
§  Tripping/pushing
§  Taking or breaking someone’s things
§  Making mean or rude hand gestures
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