Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

By: Marquisha Anty

January 5, 2016
SafeSchools Alert: What Is Bullying?


  • 1 out of 4 (22%) teens are bullied.
  • 8% of students stay home on any given day because they're afraid of being bullied.
  • Playground statistics:
  1. Every 7 minutes, a child is bullied.
  2. Adult Intervention: 4%
  3. Peer Intervention: 11%
  4. No intervention: 85%
Gabby Douglas Almost Quit Gymnastics Because of Racism and Bullying in Virginia

~Different Types of Bullying~

Verbal Bullying

  • Saying or writing mean things

  • Includes: teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, and threats

This type of bullying can lead to low self-esteem, as well as depression and other problems. In some cases, verbal bullying can reach a point where the victim may turn to substance abuse or - in extreme cases - suicide.

Physical Bullying

  • Involves hurting a person's body or possessions

  • Includes: hitting/kicking, pushing, taking or breaking someone's things, and making mean or rude hand gestures

  • Physical bullying may also cross the line into sexual harassment or sexual assault.

This is an age where young people want more to fit in with their peers, making some students more likely to bully or condone bullying to fit in, while those who don't fit in stand out more as victims.

Winona Ryder (Actress)

Both physically and verbally abused by bullies growing up. She once told the story of wearing a used boy’s suit from the Salvation Army to school when she was attacked by her bullies. It was bad enough that they verbally abused her, but they also kicked her repeatedly and slammed her into a locker.

Played in The Crucible, Beetlejuice, and Homefront

Social Bullying

  • Sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships

  • Includes: leaving someone out on purpose, telling others not to be friends with someone, rumors, and embarrassing someone in public

The effects of social bullying in a school setting can be quite extensive and often severe. Cliques and peer groups will often attack one another or members of other groups to make themselves look more powerful and in control.


Don't be mean behind the screen.

  • Includes: text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

In most instances, cyberbullying doesn't start online, but in person. Some of the signs of cyber bullying could be not wanting to go to school, a sharp drop in grades and performance, skipping school, sudden self-esteem issues, complaints of illness, or use of alcohol or drugs.

~Famous Cyberbullying Case~

~The Amanda Todd Case~

Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell her experience of being blackmailed into exposing herself topless via webcam; bullied; and physically assaulted. The video went viral after her death, resulting in international media attention.

This case can also be represented on social bullying, physical bullying, and verbal bullying.


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