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Bullying

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children.

It involves one person using power to control or harm others. That power can be physical strength, the popularity of the bully or having information to embarrass the other person. Bullying behaviors usually are repeated over and over.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying

What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology like a cell phone or computer, as well as social media sites, text messages, chat and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well.

Cell phones and computers are not to blame for cyberbullying. Social media sites can be used in a positive way, like connecting with friends and family and helping with school assignments. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.

Effects of Bullying
Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues, such as:

Signs of Bullying
Not all children who are bullied show visible warning signs. However, here are some things that might indicate a bullying problem:

What to Do
It is important for adults to take a stand against bullying and to send a firm message that bullying of any kind is not acceptable.  If you see bullying happening, there are steps that can help stop it on the spot and keep kids safe:

Other things you can do:

Information from the Sioux Falls School District on Bullying


Bullying in the Workplace
Bullying doesn't just happen to kids. It can also take place with adults at work. Office bullying can lead to increased absenteeism, employee turnover, even lawsuits. Here’s how employers can reduce aggressive behavior among employees:

Learn about creating a culture of workplace wellness.

 


Resources

 

Source: StopBullying.gov, American Psychological Association