Bullying Information

General Information About Bullying

What is Bullying?

It is not unusual for children to be victims of occasional teasing or aggression.  However, not all occasions of teasing or even aggression are bullying.  Bullying occurs when there is: 

  • An imbalance of power such that a student has trouble defending himself/herself and
  • The student is targeted repeatedly to negative actions

Bullying can range from name calling, to social isolation and intentional exclusion, or even violence and coercion.  Bullying can be direct or more indirect through use of internet or cell phone use. 

What Can Parents Do?

  • Contact your child’s school and inform the teacher, administrator, or counselor and ask for help regarding your concerns.
  • Provide positive feedback to children for appropriate social behaviors and model interactions that do not include bullying or aggression.
  • Use alternatives to physical punishment, such as the removal of privileges, as a consequence for bullying behavior.
  • Stop bullying behavior as it is happening and begin working on appropriate social skills early.
  • Talk to your child about bullying.   Be sure they know bullying is wrong and to which adults they can report incidents. 

 

(Bully Proofing Your School1993)

(Bullying: Facts for Schoolsand Parents, NASP 2003)