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The Truth About Bullying
Transcript of The Truth About Bullying
What is Bullying?
Bullying is the
act of harm done verbally, physically, or online
When the bully says something to hurt the victim:
Hurting someone through physical harm by:
stealing from the victim
Cyberbullying is when someone is harassed, threatened, or humiliated on the internet:
How Does Bullying Effect Others???
Lets take a look at some
Nathan Faris, 12, DeKalb, MO, March 2, 1987. Teaseed about his chubbiness, Faris shot a classmate, then himself to death.
John McMahn, 14, Napa, CA, May 14, 1992. Bullied by other boys, he took the gun to school, wounding two students.
75% of school shootings are a result of bullying!!!
Amanda Todd, 15, committed suicide on October 10, 2012 as a result of severe bullying. Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell of her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically assaulted prior to her death. She was frequently teased for her low grades, failed suicide attempts, and for a topless photo that became viral in 7th grade.
Kitty McGuire, 13, took her life on March 26, 2013 after months of continuous bullying. Like many teens, Kitty experimented with different ways of expressing herself. As a result, she was tortured by students for dressing different and dying her hair.
Rebecca Ann Sedwick, 12, died on September 9, 2013 after going to an abandoned concrete plant, climbing a tower, and jumping to her death. Sedwick had been cyberbullied for two years by as many as 15 girls over a "boyfriend issue." Authorities are investigating evidence to charge the girls in what appears to be the nation's latest deadly cyberbullying case.
So What Do Bullies Look Like?
Bullies come in all shapes, colors, and clothes. Boys
girls bully. Anyone who makes fun of,
scares or hurts
someone for fun and sport is a bully! Adults can bully too!
58% of kids report that someone has been hurtful or mean to them online
21% of kids report that they've received threatening messages
53% of kids admit that they have said something mean to someone else online
58% of kids have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online
40% of kids had their password stolen and changed by a bully or had communications sent by a bully posting as them
Cyber bullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, emails, chat rooms, or social networking to harass, threaten, or intimidate someone
Types of Cyber
Online fights between two or more individuals using electronic messages with angry and vulgar language
Sharing someone's secret or embarrassing information online that was meant to remain private
Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information which is then shared online
Pretending to be someone else and sending or posting material online to make the victim look bad, get them in trouble or danger, or damage their reputation or friendships
Intentionally excluding someone from cliques and groups online -- like a "buddy list"
"Dissing" someone online by sending or posting cruel gossip or rumors about a person to damage his or her reputation or friendships
Email or instant message containing false accusations sent to other students
Negative statement about the victim posted on a website or social networking site
Nasty passage about the victim written in an online slam book
Photo of victim digitally altered and posted to humiliate them
Repeatedly sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages
Repeatedly sending messages or engaging in other online activity that include threats of harm or are highly intimidating to the victim
How do we stop Cyberbullying?
Don't be a Victim or a Cyber Bully!
Stop, block, and tell!!!
don’t respond to any cyber bullying message, block the person sending it to you, and tell a trusted adult!
Keep personal information private –
the more information someone has about you, the more easily they can bully you
Google yourself –
conduct frequent searches for your own personal information online, set alerts and privacy settings to void cyber bullying
Take 5! –
walk away from the computer for 5 minutes when something upsets you, so you don't do something you may regret
think twice before you post a message or a picture… once it’s out there you may never be able to get it back; also check what you are sending before you send it… think about it from the recipients point of view
Don't be a
What is a Bystander?
A bystander is someone who "stands by" and does not do anything when they notice a problematic situation or behavior even though they know that behavior is wrong
Reasons for Bystander Behavior
They assume that it isn't a problem because others don't intervene
The fear of embarrassment
They assume that someone else will do something
(diffusion of responsibility)
Belief that others' aren't bothered
Fear of retaliation
What is an Upstander?
An “upstander” is someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right -- especially when the easiest thing to do would be nothing! Being an "upstander" is being a hero!
Asher Brown, 13, ended his life on September 23, 2010 after constant harassment from at least four other students. Asher was tormented for being small, for his religious beliefs, and for the way he dressed. The day before his death, a student tripped him on the school steps and kicked his books all over the floor.
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
Let's take a look!
How Do I Be
10 Ways to be an Upstander:
1. Help others who are being bullied:
be a true friend!
2. STOP untrue or harmful messages from spreading!
3. Get friends involved:
let others know you are an upstander and encourage
them to be one too!
4. Make friends outside your circle:
show support for someone who is upset at
school, sit with someone eating alone, etc
5. Be aware of the bullying policy at your school:
keep it in mind when you
6. Reach out to new students at your school:
put yourself in their shoes!
7. Refuse to be a bystander:
if you see friends or classmates laughing with a bully,
tell them to stop... by laughing they are also bullying the victim!
8. Respect others’ differences and help others to respect differences:
it's cool to be
9. Develop a bullying program or project with a teacher or principal’s support
that will help reduce bullying in school:
discuss the “hot spots” where bullying
most likely occurs and brainstorm what can be done
10. Educate yourself and your community about bullying:
information will help you if you are bullied and will help you to stand up to