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Bullying is everyone's responsibility. It affects us all and engaging families is essential to ending bullying. Education is the key. Knowing the warning signs protects children and safeguards schools against this widespread epidemic.

Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying. 17% of American students report being bullied 2 to 3 times a month or more within a school semester.


A bystander watches bullying or hears about it and does nothing!



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.




Warning Signs of Bullying



ü  Afraid of going to school, riding the bus or walking home

ü  Unexplained cuts, bruises, scratches or marks on their body

ü  Frequent mood swings (appears sad or depressed suddenly)

ü  Loss of interest in things that use to bring themdepartment happiness

ü  Appears anxious or guarded

ü  Loss of appetite



ü  Seeks to dominate and manipulate their peers

ü  Gains pleasure from others fear, discomfort and pain

ü  Has little empathy or no compassion for others

ü  Remains controlled during conflicts in which they are directly involved

ü  Does not exhibit emotion or remorse for their negative behavior when confronted

ü  Test the boundaries of authority by committing minor infractions and waits to see the outcome

ü  Is often defiant or oppositional towards adults

ü  Disregards or breaks school and classroom rules

ü  Defends negative actions insisting that they “deserved It,” “asked for it” or “provoked the behavior”




How can we prevent Bullying?




ü  Prevent bullying with policies

ü  Prevent bullying by applying consistent consequences

ü  Prevent bullying with family education

ü  Supervision and appropriate intervention

ü  Teach appropriate assertiveness to those who are targets of bullying

ü  Staff training in schools can ensure that the bullying policies are enforced

ü  Parents holding children accountable for their actions

ü  Tell school administrators

ü  Create a buddy system

ü  Don’t tolerate bullying





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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:


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. 



PEATC Bullying Prevention T-shirts are available in Youth and Adult sizes to 4X.

Please contact us if you would like to order one to display your STAND against bullying.

All proceeds go to PEATC’s bullying prevention efforts in Virginia.


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Feel free to contact our office for more information.
In the meantime, check out 
PEATC's Bullying Prevention fact sheets.

8003 Forbes Place, Suite 310
Springfield, VA 22151
703-923-0010 (phone)
800-869-6782 (toll free)

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