STUDENTS HAVE RIGHTS: You are entitled to feel safe at school No student should be bullied No student should fear what will happen to them to and away from school No student should fear being harassed in the hallways, at lunch, or in class
WHAT IS BULLYING??? Name Calling Threatening Teasing Taunting Hitting Stealing Social isolation Can be physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual
WHY DO PEOPLE BULLY??? They enjoy feeling powerful They may be bullied at home and see others doing it Bullying keeps others from bullying them They may think aggression is a positive way to get what they want They have poor self-esteem They may feel it is a way to be popular and be recognized by others They have low tolerance for people who are different than them
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU ARE BULLIED??? Tell them to stop. Tell the bully you are not accepting the bullying behavior. If it continues, report the activity to a teacher, guidance counselor, or administrator and parent. Band together with other students.
WHO DOES THE BULLY TARGET??? Students who appear physically weak. Students who appear withdrawn, anxious, or depressed. Students who underdeveloped social skills. Students with a poor self-image.
BULLYING CAN HAPPEN ON-LINE OR ELECTRONICALLY Cyber bullying is when children bully each other using the internet, cell phones, or other technology. This includes sending mean text, e-mails, or instant messages. Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs or websites. Using someone else’s user name to spread rumors or lies.
WHAT CAN OBSERVERS DO??? Get involved—Don’t stand and watch. Alert an adult and report the incident. Victims are often too scared to report. Bullies continue to bully if they think they can get away with it. Support the victim by listening and spending time with them. Tell the bully to stop. Offer help to the victim in front of the bully. Join forces against the bully. Bring the issue to peer mediation.
80% of students are not bullies or victims. They are observers and can make a difference