- Bully: a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.
- A bully is the one who is trying to hurt someone else or trying to control them.
- They have often been bullied themselves.
- Anybody can be a bully.
- Target: the person being bullied.
- No one deserves to be bullied.
- Bystander: someone who is aware that the bullying is happening.
- They can try to do something to help like going to get help from an adult or they can be silent bullies by not doing anything about the situation.
- They can help by reporting the bully.
- Bullies use their power in unhealthy ways to hurt other people.
- They have the intent to hurt someone's feelings, body, or reputation.
- Their behavior is continuous and they continuously cross emotional and physical boundaries.
Physical bullying: bullying that hurts someone's body or damages their possessions. Examples of this type of bullying include stealing, shoving, fighting, and destroying property. This type of bullying is not generally the first form of bullying the target will experience, but will usually begin in a different form and progress to physical violence. The bully usually uses their own body as a weapon.
Social bullying: any bullying that is done with the intent to damage someone's social standing. It often occurs between friends and can happen in two different ways. The bully could exclude somebody to make them feel unwanted or they can gain someone's trust and then break it. An example would be telling people a friend's secret to try and ruin their reputation. This type of bullying is most common with girls but can happen with guys as well and the weapon used is relationships.
Verbal bullying: bullying that is done by speaking. Examples of this type of bullying include calling peoplenames, spreading rumors, threatening somebody, and making fun of other people. This is one of the most common types of bullying and the bully uses their voice as the weapon.
Cyber bullying: any bullying that happens over technology. Examples of cyber bullying include email, instant messaging, social networking sites, text messages, and cell phones. The weapon used in cyber bullying is technology.
- Among high school students, 15.5% are cyberbullied and 20.2% are bullied on school property
- Among middle school students, 24% are cyberbullied and 45% are bullied on school property (Center for Disease Control, 2015).
- The percentages of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetimes have nearly doubled (18% to 34%) from 2007-2016
- About 90% of teens who report being cyberbullied have also been bullied offline whether it be verbal, physical, or social.
- More than 20% of students report being bullied
- 64% of children who were bullied did not report it due to stigma of what could happen next.
- Students who bully others, are bullied, or witness bullying are more likely to report high levels of suicide-related behavior than students who report no involvement in bullying
- Students who experience bullying report that allying and supportive actions from their peers, such as spending time with the student, talking to him/her, helping him/her get away, or giving advice, were the most helpful actions from bystanders
- More than hard of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.
- School prevention programs decrease bullying up to 25%.
How to end bullying
- Don't be a bully: If you feel like being mean distract yourself (watch a show, talk to friends…)
- Don't encourage bullies: When you encourage the bully, you become a bully
- Treat others with respect: Remember that everyone is different, everyone is a human-being and deserves respect
- Always think before you act: Am I going to hurt someone? Am I going to offend someone?
- If you see bullying, tell a trusted adult (teachers, faculty, parents…)
- Cyberbullying is still apparent, due to new platforms of social media. To end cyberbullying… protect to yourself by using passwords and keep them a secret, think before you post or comment, keep privacy settings on, and report cyberbullying