Cyber Bullying

It's Not Funny


What Is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

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

What Makes a Bully?

Dr. Gail Gross has written an article outlining what kinds of children are most likely to become a bully. These findings are based off the environment in which the child was raised along with the the personality of that child.

"While there is no one single profile of a child bully, in my years as a researcher and educator, I have witnessed a few different situations that describe the majority of child bullies." -Dr.Gross

1. Like Parent, Like Child

2. The Powerless Child

3. The Forgotten Child

4. The Entitled Child

5. Children Who Lack Empathy

Leader in Me

The leader in Me is an anti-bullying program being implemented in schools across the nation with a proven positive track record. This program teaches children that they each have gifts and are a leader. It encourages children to think about and take responsibility for their actions, as well as creates a loving and encouraging atmosphere in which the child can grow into a greater leader.

“We only get one chance to prepare children for a world none of us can possibly predict, what are we going to do with that one chance?” —Principal Muriel Summers, A.B. Combs Elementary

The simple ideas that govern this program are proven to be effective and are easily transferred to children in the digital world.

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Having "The Talk" with your Kids

Marian Merritt discusses in this article what parents can do to guide their children to responsible digital usage. Her main focus areas include; why talking to your children is important, What you should know before you talk to your child and helpful questions to ask your child.

“It’s not necessary to be an expert in order for you to help your children enjoy the internet safely” -Marian Merritt

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