How Can We Stop Bullying?

By: Abigail Snyder

Describing Bullying

How would you describe BULLYING to middle school Children? What are the different forms that bullying can take including cyber bullying?

  • A blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.
  • There are six different types of bullying.......
1-Physical Bullying-Occurs when children use physical actions to gain power and control over their targets

2-Verbal Bullying-Using verbal bullying words(name calling) to gain power and control over a target.

3-Relational Aggression-is to increase their own social standing by controlling or bullying another person.

4-Cyberbullying-when a tween or a teen uses the internet, cell phone or other technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person.

5-Sexual Bullying-sexual name calling, crude comments, vulgar gestures, uninvited touching.

6-Prejudicial Bullying-based on prejudices tween and teens have toward people of a different race, religion or sexual orientation.

Signs That A Child Is Being Bullied

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  1. Unexplained injuries
  2. Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  3. Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  4. Changing in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come come from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  5. Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  6. Declining grades, loss of interest in school work, or not wanting to go to school.
  7. Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  8. Feeling of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  9. Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide.

Describing effects that bullying has on children

Kids who are Bullied experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to have other problems to.

Kids will have depression and anxiety, increased feeling of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy.

Kids will always have Health complaints.

Why Doesn't Children Talk to Adults?

Children dont ask for help because:

  1. Being bullied can make the child feel helpless.
  2. Kids want to handle it on their own to feel in control again.
  3. They may fear being seen as weak or tattletale.
  4. Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them
  5. Bullying can be humiliating experience
  6. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them whether its true or false
  7. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
  8. Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated
  9. They may feel like no one cares or could understand
  10. Kids may fear being rejected by their peers
  11. Friends can help protect kids from bulling, and kids can fear losing this support.

How Can People Help Children Who Are Being Bullied?

What can friends do?

  • Make your friends feel that you are acceptable as a person and that you'll always be there for them

what can education professionals do?

  • Respond in a Helpful way

what can families do?

  • advocating for their children

How do you Think that we can reach children who are being bullied?

I feel that we as a community can reach out to the children and teens who are being bullied by opening up support groups and showing that everyone will be there. All the person needs to do is speak out if something is happening to them.

Public Service Announcement

Bullying Announcement

With all the information that is here today, I feel that every student should stand up and talk about an bullying experience. I feel if that each and everyone of the children feels free to express their feelings to all of their peers then the children will be able to get an adult to talk about what had or has happened to the each and everyone of the students.