Bullying affects everyone and family engagement plays a vital role in assisting individuals dealing with this widespread epidemic. Knowing the warning signs can help families identify when loved ones become a target.
The Virginia Department of Education defines bullying as:
Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power of imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. Bullying includes cyberbullying. Bullying does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, arguments or peer conflict.
Children who bully continue the behavior when they realize it is hurting someone, and become satisfied by the feeling of power and control. Whether you are the target of bullying, a witness or the person who bullies, bullying affects everyone. Children with special needs are often targets of bullying.
To understand cyberbullying it is important to understand how technology has infused itself into every area of our lives. While technology brings tremendous opportunities to connect if used in positive ways, it also brings tremendous threats if used negatively.
Cyberbullying involves “the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phones, text messages, instant messaging, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, chat, and defamatory personal Web sites, and online personal polling Web sites,” to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behavior by any individual or group, that is intended to harm others. Cyberbullying involves intimidation through a virtual setting.
Education is vital to understanding the dynamics of bullying, how to stop it in our schools and most importantly how to deal with both victims. In most cases the bully is the also a victim. These are all important facts each of us must familiarize ourselves with. Everyone has a responsibility to help stop bullying. Many resources available explain why people bully and how we can help them. Click here to learn more: https://youtu.be/XCPKMWyF1Lo
If you are interested in fostering a Bully Free Zone in your school, please contact us. We have many resources and tools a parent, teacher or administrator can use to change the school culture as it relates to bullying. This includes, bullying prevention surveys, workshops, factsheets, handouts and an incredible peer mentor program. We have great ideas you can use to “kick-off” your bullying prevention initiative.
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