General Information About Bullying
What is Bullying?
It is not unusual for children to be
victims of occasional teasing or aggression. However, not all
occasions of teasing or even aggression are bullying. Bullying occurs
when there is:
- An imbalance of power such that a student has trouble defending himself/herself and
- The student is targeted repeatedly to negative actions
Bullying can range from name calling,
to social isolation and intentional exclusion, or even violence and
coercion. Bullying can be direct or more indirect through use of
internet or cell phone use.
What Can Parents Do?
- Contact your child’s school and inform the teacher, administrator, or counselor and ask for help regarding your concerns.
- Provide positive feedback to children for appropriate social
behaviors and model interactions that do not include bullying or
- Use alternatives to physical punishment, such as the removal of privileges, as a consequence for bullying behavior.
- Stop bullying behavior as it is happening and begin working on appropriate social skills early.
- Talk to your child about bullying. Be sure they know bullying is wrong and to which adults they can report incidents.
(Bully Proofing Your School1993)
(Bullying: Facts for Schoolsand Parents, NASP 2003)