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What is Bullying?
Bullying is when one of more persons repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to
another person who has a hard time defending himself/herself.

What is Cyber Bullying?
Cyber bullying is bullying through electronic media -- e-mail, texting, social networks, blogs, websites, or digital messages or images send to a cellular phone.

Here are some recommendations regarding things parents can do at home to help
make our school a safe and positive place to learn:
  • Make it clear to your son/daughter that you take bullying seriously and that it is not okay.
  • Make rules in the family for acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Praise your child for following the rules and use nonphysical and logical consequences when rules are broken. A logical consequence for bullying could be losing rights to use the phone to call friends, using e-mail to talk with friends, or other activities your child enjoys.
  • Spend lots of time with your child and keep close track of his/her activities. Find out who your child’s friends are and how/where they spend their free time.
  • Build on your child’s talents by encouraging him/her to get involved in positive activities (clubs, music lessons, or non-violent sports).
  • Share your concerns with your child’s teachers, counselor, and/or principal. Work together to send a clear message to your child that his/her bullying must stop.
Most bullying behavior fits into one of the following categories:
  • Verbal
    •    Saying mean and hurtful things, taunting, teasing, name-calling
    •    Making fun of or calling someone hurtful names
    •    Threatening to cause harm
  • Indirect
    •    Ignoring or excluding someone from a group of friends
    •    Leaving the person out of things on purpose
  • Physical
    •    hitting, kicking, pushing, shoving someone around
  • Social bullying 
      • sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships.
If you and your child need more help, talk with a school counselor and/or mental health professional.
The above list has been adapted from a publication originally created for “Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!”
a campaign of the Healthy Resources and Services Administration, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, check out the following website: