* What is bullying? 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.
* What is the impact of bullying? A single student who bullies can have a wide-ranging impact on the students they bully, students who observe bullying, and the overall climate of the school and community.
4 ways to stop bullying
1.) Look the bully in the eye and tell him or her to stop. If a bully is teasing you in a way you don't like, insulting you, or physically threatening you, sometimes eye contact and a calm, clear "no" is the right way to defuse the situation. Tell the bully that you are not OK with the treatment you're receiving, and make it clear that it has to end immediately.
- If it's appropriate, try to use laughter to lighten the tension. Bullies usually try to get a rise out of the person they're bullying, so if you show the person your skin is too thick for that, he or she may give up and leave you alone.
- Don't raise your voice when you're telling the bully to stop. This could provoke the bully to keep teasing you to get an even stronger reaction.
2.) Avoid escalating the situation. Teasing the bully by calling him or her names or threatening to fight is only going to make things worse. Don't yell or take steps toward physical violence. The bully will likely respond with increased bullying, and you risk getting in as much trouble or he or she does if you're caught participating in the situation.
3.) Know when to walk away. If the situation seems threatening or dangerous, it's best to disengage. Turn around and walk away from the bully. At a certain point, reasoning with him or her isn't going to make a difference.
- If you're worried for your safety, walk to a teacher or counselor you trust to help you handle the situation.
- Avoid further contact with the bully until you've taken other steps to end the bullying.
4.) Don't respond to cyberbullying attacks. If you're being bullied by someone via text, social networks, your website, emails, or another online space, do not respond to the bully. Provocation is especially counterproductive in a situation where the bully is anonymous. Instead of responding to the bully, take these measures:
- Save the evidence. Don't delete threatening emails, messages or texts. You may need to have them if things get worse.
- Block the bully. If the person is known to you, block him or her from your social media pages, erase him or her from your phone contacts, and block correspondence in any way possible. This is often enough to deter the bully from further action. If the person is anonymous, mark the email address as spam.
- Change your account settings to make it more difficult to find you online. Start using a new screenname or tighten the privacy settings on your social media accounts.
SAY NO TO BULLYING!!