Bullying can no longer be dismissed as child’s play. More pervasive and lethal today than in the past, bullying exacts a terrible toll on the overall school community— targets, perpetrators, and bystanders robbing students of their opportunities to learn and inflicting emotional scars that can last a lifetime. On the rise across the country, bullying takes place not only on school buses and school grounds, but in the corridors of cyberspace, making it virtually inescapable for today’s students.
What Is Bullying Behavior? Bullying is the chronic infliction of physical hurt and/or psychological distress on another person, usually through an imbalance of power. Bullying can involve direct physical contact, verbal attacks intended to cause emotional harm, or indirect actions of social aggression intended to embarrass or isolate someone. Children can’t learn in a climate of fear and bullying has a profound impact on student achievement.
Here are some practical recommendations that should consider to help prevent bullying:
- Talk with and listen to your kids – everyday
- Teach your child about cyberbullying
- Create/teach healthy anti-bullying habits early
- Be active at your child’s school
- Report all bullying to administration
- Refuse to join in
- Get others to help you speak out against the bullying
- Never fight the bully