Facts About Bullying
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior
that is intentional, hurtful, (physical and psychological), and/or
threatening and persistent (repeated). There is an imbalance of strength
(power and dominance).
The above definition includes the following criteria that will help you determine if a student is being bullied:
- The mistreatment must be intentional.
- The mistreatment must be hurtful (physical or psychological).
- The mistreatment is threatening. The individual fears harms. Fear their safety.
- The mistreatment must occur more than once. However, some disagree
with this. They say one very hurtful event is enough to label it
- There must be a power imbalance.
What Does Bullying Look Like?
Direct Bullying Behaviors
Physical Bullying (a few examples)
- Hitting, slapping, elbowing, shouldering (slamming someone with your shoulder)
- Shoving in a hurtful or embarrassing way
- Taking, stealing, damaging or defacing belongings or other property
- Flushing someone’s head in the toilet
- Cramming someone into his or her locke
- Attacking with spit wads or food
Verbal Bullying (a few examples)
- Insulting remarks and put-downs
- Repeated teasing
- Racist remarks or other harassment
- Threats and intimidation
- Whispering behind someone’s back