Columbia Elementary School District

What is Bullying & Cyberbullying?

What is Bullying & Cyberbullying?title

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. 
 
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power- such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity- to control or harm others. 
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
What is Cyberbullying? 
  • Bullying that takes place over digital devices (cell phones, computers, tablets, social media, etc). Cyberbully can take place via text, apps, social media, etc (Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter, Instagram, Instant Messenger, etc).
  • Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.
  • Cyberbullying can include sharing personal or private information that can cause embarrassment or humiliation.
  • Some cyberbullying can cross the line into unlawful or criminal behavior. 
(StopBullying.Gov) 
Types of Bullying

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Verbal Bullying, Social Bullying, and Physical Bullying 
 
Verbal Bullying is saying or writing mean things. 
  • Teasing, name calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, and threatening to cause harm
Social Bullying involves hurting someones relationship or reputation.
  • Leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors, and embarrassing someone in public
Physical Bullying involves hurting a person's body or possessions
  • Hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, breaking someone's things, and making rude or mean hand gestures. 
(StopBullying.Gov)
Warning Signs for Bullying

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  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, etc. 
  • Frequent headaches
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Declining grades 
  • Sudden loss of friends
  • Feelings of helplessness 
  • Self-destructive behaviors 
(StopBullying.Gov)
Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Signs a Child is Bullying Others title

  • Get into physical fights or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully
  • Aggressive 
  • Get sent to the principals office or detention frequently
  • Have unexplained money or belongings 
  • Blame others for their problems 
  • Don't accept responsibility for their actions 
  • Are competitive and worry about popularity 
(StopBullying.Gov)
For more information on Bullying, please go to StopBullying.Gov
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