Bullying Prevention Programs: What is considered bullying, and how to teach kids to stand up to it, safely
Does the word bullying make you immediately think of fights on a playground or shoving matches in the hallway? If you keep up with the news and trending topics, you know that unfortunately, in today’s world, our definitions can no longer be so narrowly defined. Schools now contend with physical, verbal, social bullying, and cyberbullying. Our Just Say YES bullying prevention programs and assembly programs can help your campus combat bullying by addressing students, educators and parents.
Types of Bullying
According to stopbullying.gov, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Our Just Say YES assembly programs focus on the four types of bullying:
- Physical Bullying
This is what most of us think of when we hear the word bullying. All of those images in our heads of fights on the playground, or scuffles in the hallway between classes fall under this category. It includes: hitting, pushing, tripping, slapping, stealing or destroying possessions, and sexual harassment or assault.
Verbal bullying can be just as damaging as physical bullying. Females typically engage more in this form of bullying, though males may also use it in an attempt to dominate their victim. Kinds of verbal bullying include: name calling, insults, gossip, teasing, taunting, intimidation, and sexist or racist remarks.
Sometimes called indirect or covert bullying, this form can be more difficult to detect. It can go on behind the victim’s back, or can take the form of public humiliation. It includes: spreading rumors, non-inclusion, negative gestures, jokes or pranks, embarrassment or humiliation, and damaging someone’s social reputation. This form can be the most emotionally damaging to its victims, and may cause them to experience depression and anxiety. The psychological effects of social bullying often stick around even into adulthood.
Due to the internet, social media and smart phones, cyberbullying has rapidly increased amongst today’s youth. It takes place over digital devices such as cell phones, computers and tablets and can occur through SMS, text, apps, social media, chat rooms, gaming, etc. It reaches the victim wherever they are, and they often feel that they cannot escape.
How Just Say YES Can Help
Book a Just Say YES bullying prevention program today for your campus. Students will come to understand the four different types of bullying, how to prevent bullying by treating others with kindness and respect, and what to do if they see bullying or are victims of bullying behavior. As for our educator and parent programs, audiences will learn how to keep the lines of communication open with students, how to properly address bullying behavior to the bully, and how to support kids who are being bullied.
Contact us today to learn more about our bullying prevention programs!
Just Say YES Bullying Prevention Programs
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