Bullying Prevention PRESENTED BY: Officer Mark A. Stead School Resource Officer
What is Bullying? “ A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.” Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
While school violence as a whole is declining, bullying behaviors have increased by 5%
Obese, gay or kids with disabilities 63% more likely to be bullied than other children
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
Facts about Bullying
On a daily average 160,000 children miss school out of fear of being bullied if they attend classes.
Every 7 minutes, a child is bullied on a school playground with over 85% of those instances occurring without any intervention.
The top five states in regards to reported incidents of bullying and cyber bullying are California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Forms of Bullying
Physical Bullying Physical bullies invade the physical space of another person in an unwelcome manner by pushing, kicking, hitting, slapping, biting, choking, etc. It also includes the unwanted tampering with or the destruction of another’s property.
physical bullies are action-oriented
imbalance of physical strength
occurs most often at school
more common among males
least sophisticated type of bullying
Verbal Bullying Verbal bullies use words to hurt or intimidate another person; i.e. name-calling, insults, racist comments, constant teasing and even threats. Easy to inflict – quick and to the point. No visible scars.
Relational Bullying Also known as covert bullying, whereas harm is done through damage to relationships or social status within a group. It is a form of hidden aggression that is more common among girls than boys.
“ Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.”
Hinduja & Patchin, 2009
“ My son was early casualty and his death an early warning to our society that we’d better pay attention to how our children use technology. We need to study this new societal problem with a sense of urgency and great diligence.”
Technology & Teens Cox Communications Teen Online & Safety Survey
Amount Parents Know About What Teens Do Online Cox Communications Teen Online & Safety Survey