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BULLY FREE ZONE!

Buddies not bullies!

Stop Bullying Now!

 

Bullying is a widespread and serious problem that can happen anywhere.  It is not a phase children and teens have to go through, it is not "just messing around", and it is not something to grow out of.  Bullying can cause serious and lasting harm.  Bullying will not be tolerated.

Bullying involves:

  • Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves
  • Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm
  • Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same the person over and over by the same person or group

 

Bullying can take many forms.

  • Verbal: name-calling, teasing
  • Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships
  • Physical: hitting, punching, shoving
  • Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others

 

What to Do When Someone is Being Bullied

 

  • Take a stand and do not join in. Make it clear that you do not support the bully.
  • Do not watch someone being bullied. If you feel safe, tell the person to stop. If you do not feel safe saying something, walk away and get others to do the same.
  • Support the person being bullied. Tell them that you are there to help. Offer to go with them to report the bullying or report it for them.
  • Talk to an adult you trust. Talking to a parent, teacher, or trusted adult could help you figure out the best ways to deal with the problem.

What to Do When You Are Being Bullied

The first priority is always your safety. 

  • Tell the bully to stop.
  • Walk away.Do not let them get to you. If you walk away or ignore them, they will not get that satisfaction. 
  • Protect yourself. Sometimes you cannot walk away. If you are being physically hurt, protect yourself so you can get away.
  • Tell an adult you trust. Talking to someone could help you figure out the best ways to deal with the problem.  In some cases, adults need to get involved for the bullying to stop.
  • You can report anonymously. A box is available inside the ____ Building for students to anonymously report bullying.
  • Find a safe place.Go somewhere that you feel safe and secure like the library, a favorite teacher’s classroom, or the office.
  • Stick together.Stay with a group or individuals that you trust. 
  • Find opportunities to make new friends. Explore your interests and join school or community activities such as sports, drama, or art.

 

Bullying will not be tolerated. The following interventions may be used for bullying incidents:

  • Official warnings
  • Detention
  • Exclusion from activities
  • Points
  • Suspension
  • Filing of harassment charges
  • Intervention transfer
  • Removal of internet services

For more information, go to: Stopbullying.gov

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