Welcome to Palmas Academy Kids antibullying Week!
No more bullying allow at this school.
by Elder Lopez
Whether you are a parent, health and safety professional, teacher or school official, or someone else who interacts with young people everyday, the following materials will help you to learn more about bullying and ways to deal with, reduce, and prevent it. We are confident you will find these Tip Sheets informative and we encourage you to reproduce and distribute them widely among your friends and colleagues. The more we all know about this issue, the more we’re all able to help.
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional (not accidental or done in fun) and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Often, bullying is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms, such as: hitting or punching, teasing or name-calling, intimidation through gestures, social exclusion, and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or using the Internet (also known as cyberbullying).
How Common Is it?
Bullying is more common than many adults realize. Most studies show that between 15-25% of American students are bullied with some frequency (i.e., “sometimes” or more often).
Click here to view a Tip Sheet entitled What We Know About Bullying for more information about the prevalence of bullying, bullying among girls and boys, and consequences of bullying.
Why Is Bullying Sometimes Hard for Adults to Detect?
Unfortunately, although bullying can be very harmful to children, adults are often unaware of bullying problems. Why? Often, bullying takes place in areas of schools, homes, or communities that are not well supervised by adults. Even if bullying happens near adults, sometimes we miss it because bullying can be subtle or hard to detect (e.g., social exclusion, note-passing, threatening looks).
Adults also are often unaware of bullying because many children and youth don’t report it. They may fear retaliation by children doing the bullying. They also may fear that adults won’t take their concerns seriously or will act inappropriate to deal with the bullying.