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Eliminating bullying and fostering respect for all

Kyri Green

on 18 March 2011

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Transcript of Bullying

Bullying power fear threats gossip exclusion teasing anger depression homophobia alone intimidation harassment aggression is... repeated with a deliberate intent to harm between those with a real or perceived imbalance of power has an impact a study of 8-15 year olds found that more students picked teasing and bullying as "big problems" than picked drugs or alcohol, racism, AIDS, or pressure to have sex. students have little or no confidence in the ability of adults to help or protect them. just 4-13% of middle and high school youth said they would report an incident of bullying to an adult at school. when adults do intervene, they often don't know how and have been known to make the situation worse. on any given day, as many as 160,000 children stay home from school for fear of being bullied. bystanders to bullying experience feelings of helplessness and powerlessness and develop poor coping and problem solving skills. bullies appear to have inappropriately high, not low, self esteem. they suffer from inflated self-esteem and an inability to empathize with others. boys use physical force more often than girls. very often, bullies who use physical force have been physically punished. boys are more likely to be the targets of physical aggression. male targets are almost always smaller than their aggressors. has an aggressor... a victim... & bystanders happens at school ... 65% of bullying takes place in school and only 15% takes place in the classroom. the rest of the incidents take place during unsupervised times (recess) or in unsupervised areas (hallways, bathrooms) girls more frequently engage in bullying through oral intimidation, gossip, ostracising, and other emotionally manipulative behaviors bullies in elementary school and early middle school are fairly popular and not necessarily having academic problems. by high school, they are unpopular and usually not doing well academically. we cannot assume that bullies will grow out of their behavior. a study in Norway of male bullies showed that about 60% of boys who were described as bullies in grades 6-9 had at least one criminal conviction by age 24, and between 35% and 40% had three or four convictions. can be curtailed by teachers, administrators, and community members who care. so...what works and what doesn't work? what doesn't work lecturing the bully "work it out by yourselves" labeling "how would you feel if someone did that to you?" "i'm going to tell your parents" what does work educate the entire school community develop a school-wide, no-bullying policy teach bystanders how to stop bullying as a group intervene no matter how minor the incident give help to families establish anonymous procedures for reporting bullying incidents
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