Tip411 & Bullying Information

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Each day 160,000 U.S. students refuse to go to school because they are afraid of their peers. Many more attend school in a chronic state of anxiety and depression and, daily, six out of ten American youth witness bullying. Bullying is scaring or harming another person. Children who engage in bullying behavior usually pick on someone who is weaker or more alone, and repeat the actions over and over. Bullying starts in elementary school, becomes most common in middle school, and wanes during high school. Bullying includes hitting, shoving, or tripping, making fun of the way someone acts, looks, or talks, or writing mean things about someone in text messages, emails, or blogs. Today an embarrassing video or text message can go viral in minutes. Nationally, there have been incidents of suicide among both children and adults in response to bullying. So Napa County educators are taking a stand! Look for information in back-to-school communications to find tips to identify if your child is being bullied, how to report bullying, and ways you and your child can help prevent others from being bullied.

Let’s Stand Up! Speak Out! Stop Bullying!

Definition
Bullying is a behavior that has four different types associated with it: physical, verbal, social and cyber. Though anyone can take part in any of the four, boys frequently fall resort to physical threats and actions. Where as girls are more incline to engage in verbal cases. The most detrimental aspect of bullying is its frequent repetition over a long period of time towards the victim.

Four Types of Bullying

  1. Verbal: Teasing, Name calling, taunting, insulting.
  2. Social: Refusing to talk to someone or excluding them from groups or activities. Spreading rumors or making someone do things he or she does not want to do.
  3. Physical: Hitting, kicking, assaulting, aggressive contact or pushing someone, or even threatening to do it. Stealing, hiding or destroying someone’s property(clothes, toys, papers).
  4. Cyber/Virtual*: Spreading rumors and lies online, posting photos and other personal information online without that person’s consent. Using chat rooms, online, instant messaging, text messaging, emailing or any other type of online contact to spread rumors or post things that are not true or are posted to hurt or endanger other people. Pretend to be someone else to trick someone.

Stop Bullying

* Cyber bullying is on the rise and is becoming the most difficult type of bullying that can occur. This is due to the significant fact that many cyber-bullying cases tend to go on longer than an actual face to face bullying case because the child engaging in the bullying behavior can remain virtually anonymous. This posses as an even greater threat to the victim because they do not know who the attack is, which is also emotionally draining.

Dealing with a Bullying Incident

  • Keep all the involved children separate
  • Get the story from several sources, both adults and kids
  • Listen without blaming
  • Don’t call it “bullying” while you are trying to understand what happened

Resources

Bullying Resource Links

For more information about bullying prevention in Napa County please call 707.259.5949.