WHAT IS BULLYING?
•A child is being bullied or targeted when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other children.
• Negative actions refer to actual attacks and/or attempts to injure or humiliate another person. This concept of bullying includes physical and verbal attacks.
• Bullying can take direct or indirect forms. Direct bullying involves open attacks on a target. Indirect bullying is often covert in nature and frequently takes the form of social isolation and exclusion from a group.
• Although bullying is often physical, words can hurt just as much. Parents tend to think that physical bullying is more dangerous, but an unkind nickname can stick for years and ruin a child’s life. The following are typical examples of bullying behaviors:
• making fun of someone because of the way they look or act
• deliberately ignoring/not talking to someone
• writing anonymous notes
• making anonymous phone calls
• making a fool of someone in front of other people
• talking about a person behind their back
• hitting someone
• robbing someone
• pressuring someone to take drugs
•I in 10 students report being regularly harassed or attacked by bullies.
•Bullies have a 1 in 4 (25%) chance of having a criminal record by age 30 compared to a I in 20 chance for other children.
•40% of bullied students in primary grades and 60% of bullied students in secondary grades reported that teachers tried to put a stop to bullying only “once in a while” or “almost never.
•60 -70% of students are not involved in bullying either as targets or perpetrators. It is essential to engage these students in efforts to counteract bullying.
•80% of 8th through 12th graders reported being bullied at some point.
•90% of 4th through 8th graders reported being bullied at some point.
•14% of 8th through 12th graders reported bullying diminished their ability to learn in school.
•22% of 4th through 8th graders reported academic difficulties resulting from peer abuse.
•Targets are far more likely to bring a weapon to school to protect themselves. 29% of targets brought weapons to school.
•8% of students report being bullied at least once a week.
Bullying, too often perceived as simply a
‘kids will be kids’ problem, is dead
serious. It’s just as troublesome and prevalent now
as it was in your childhood. Studies show that one in ten students is
regularly harassed or attacked by bullies; 15 percent of all school
children are involved in bully/target problems. Equally strong in the inner cities and rural communities,
bullies have become the topic of considerable research among American
educators, researchers, and law enforcement officers. Contrary to popular belief, bullying targets
don’t always differ much from other
kids. Children who wear glasses, are chubby, have
red hair, speak with a foreign accent, or wear unstylish clothes do not
automatically invite bully attacks. Generally, however, targets are
physically weaker, often younger.
GIVE FOR BEING BULLIED
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The Safe Schools and Communities Coalition
DRUGS DON’T WORK!
30 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06106
860.523.8042 ext. 36