Bullying Awareness

All you need to know about bullying

What is bullying?

Bullying is when a person is repeatedly picked on over and over again. Bullying can be done in a group of people or solo.

There are also different types of bullying. The three main types of bullying are cyber, verbal and physical bullying.

  • Cyber bullying is when someone is being bullied over the internet or social media.
  • A cyber bully is too cowardly to bully in front of someone's face so they do it over the internet where they think their identity remains anonymous.
  • Verbal bullying is when you bully someone by saying bad things about them to their face or behind their back.
  • Physical bullying is when the bully physically harms the target by making physical contact with them.

Who does bullying involve and affect? What are the impacts on the people involved in bullying?

Bullying affects everyone involved. It involves 4 main people: the bullying, the target, the by standers and the defender.

  • The bully is the person or group of people bullying a target.
  • The target is the person being bullied.
  • The by standers are the people that follow the bully. The by standers don't do anything bad but are still considered bullies because they support the bully and don't have their own opinions. By standers follow the bully and pretend to be the bully's friend so the bully will not harm them.
  • The defender is someone who stands up for the target.

Research shows that people who bully others get into frequent fights, show poor grades, smoke and vandalize property. Bullying affects the target the most though. Bullying affects the target's self confidence, their emotions and feelings, their relationships with other people and it takes away from the target's sense of safety. It also may affect the target physically (ex. getting headaches or not wanting to go to school). The by standers don't do anything but they still get feelings of guilt and nervousness because they are afraid to be the next target. The defender is affected because there is a strong chance the defender will be teased for helping the target and might become the next target. Bullying affects everyone even the people doing the right thing.

Bullying facts and statistics in Canada

There are numerous different and terrible things that happen because of bullying. Here are some bullying statistics and facts:

  • "Canada has the 9th highest rating of bullying in 13 year olds out of 35 countries."
  • "65% of kids have been bullied at school and 12% of those kids bullied at school were bullied once or more times a week."
  • "13% kids bullied others once or more than once at their school."
  • "64% of kids considered bullying as a normal part of a school life."
  • "20-50% of kids said bullying can be a good thing and 25-33% of people said it's okay to pick on kids that are losers and bullying people."
  • "On an average, bullying occurs every 7 minutes on the playground and every 25 minutes in the classroom."
  • "61-80% of people said bullies are often popular and enjoy high status among their peers."

Educators consider cyber bullying as big of an issue as smoking or drugs. All of these statistics show what people think of bulling, how often people are bullied and what gender is bullied most.

What to do if you are being bullied

If you have already talked to a parent or another adult you trust and the bullying hasn't stopped contact the Kids Help Phone. Please note that the information below is for Kids Help Phone Ontario. To get immediate help contact the Kids Help Phone Number. For more information about Kids Help Phone check out their website, twitter or Facebook.

How can you help?

Bullying is a serious issue all around the world and average people can take a stand in helping bullying prevention. There are a few simple step you can take to prevent bullying or being bullied:

  • The first step is to confront the bully on your own and let him/her know that you will not tolerate this behaviour.
  • If the bully continues to harass the target then the next step would be to tell an adult (ex. guidance counsellor, parent, trusted teacher).
  • If the bullying gets extremely serious (ex. death threats or aggressive messages) the police may need to be contacted (only ever contact the police in serious cases)

Bullying is taken seriously by the police too and there are even certain laws to enforce bullying prevention. Below is a short video on bullying.
Keegan Allen - "You Should Know This About Me"