Simple Definition of Bullying:
When a kid with some type of advantage (or power) over you (he's older
than you or bigger than you or more popular than you, etc) uses that
advantage over and over again to make you feel threatened,
embarrassed or just really uncomfortable in school.
Examples of bullying that occurs in school:
- Someone is threatening to beat you up in school walking to or from
school, when you get off the bus, while talking to you on your cell
phone or while you are online using IM, Facebook or Myspace.
- Someone is taking something of yours without your permission.
- Someone is spreading rumors about you or your family.
- Someone is embarrassing you in front of others by either calling
you names or doing something to you (like hiding your book, pulling
your seat out from under you, etc.)
- Someone is telling other kids not to talk to you or be your friend.
- Someone always shoves into you and says it's an accident.
- Someone is sexually harassing you (always following you around,
whistling at you, making comments about your body, etc.)
- Someone is texting threatening or harassing messages to you.
- Someone took a cell phone picture of you and is forwarding it to
other people to embarrass you.
- Someone took a cell phone video of you and posted it on Youtube.
- Someone is posting harassing or embarrassing things about you on
Facebook or Myspace or anywhere on the Internet.
Examples of When It's Probably Not Bullying
- Someone has a nasty attitude with you (talks to you in a nasty
tone of voice, etc.) or is being unfriendly (refuses to be around you
or sit with you).
- Someone is calling you names such as "stupid" or saying things
like "you don't have any friends" and when they are doing these
things they ARE NOT doing it in front of others to embarrass you.
If you are unsure how to handle the above situations, see your school
counselor for some great advice!