TVUSD Family University 2021

Bullying Defined

The definition of bullying is when an individual or group of people with more power, repeatedly and intentionally cause hurt and harm to another person or group of people who feel helpless to respond.


Physical: someone exerts pain or damage on another individual’s body or property

Verbal: demeaning and belittling another person

Social: indirect or relational bullying by making an individual feel alienated

Cyber: electronic communication to intimidate


There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying— either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Be aware that not all children exhibit warning signs.

Signs a Child is Being Bullied

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Lost or destroyed personal items
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self destructive behaviors
Signs a Child is Bullying Others
  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bullies others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or detention frequently
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

How the schools can help

TVUSD is a PBIS district. There are outlined tiers of universal expectations, interventions, and tools in order to help prevent and intervene. School staff, such as counselors or social workers, teachers, and administrators are trained to help
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160,000 Kids per day skip school for fear of being bullied. When bystanders intervene, bulling stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time

The 3 B’s of Bullying

1. The Bully– 30% of youth admit to bullying

2. Bullied– 1 in 3 sudent are bullied at school

3. Bystander– 70% have witnessed bullying

4. Cyberbullied– 6% of students in grades 6-12 experienced cyberbullying — 16% of high school students (grades 9—12) were electronically bullied in the past year

Let's Talk

TVUSD, Online Assistance to submit bullying report If you have a real-time emergency, please call 911.


The Anti-Bullying Institute offers hands-on programs which are designed to empower children, parents, schools and youth organization personnel to effectively deal with the issue of bullying.

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Resources for Families

Resources for Students

Advocacy and Self-Advocacy | PACERTalks About Bullying

Books for Teens

Elementary SEL Newsletter Bullying

The elementary SEL team put together resources and information on bullying that is age appropriate for kinder-5th graders

TVUSD Family University- Bullying

Thursday, Oct. 21st, 6:30pm

This is an online event.