Bullying is an act of repeated aggressive behavior in order to intentionally hurt another person. Bullying behavior may include name calling, exclusion from activities, physical abuse, or coercion. Bullies may behave this way to be perceived as popular, tough or to get attention. Bullying may seem harmless, but it can be very painful for the person targeted. Being the target of bullying can lead to depression and school performance and attendance issues.
Bullies select their targets for many different reasons, but students who belong to a minority group, are perceived to be different, or disabled can frequently be targeted.
Cyberbullying is the use of communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior that is intended to harm others. Cyberbullying is like bullying, but takes place on internet social networks or by email or text message. The barrier provided by electronic communications can make bullying more intense. It can be easier to say something online than directly to a person. Cyberbullying may seem harmless, but it can be very painful for the person targeted.
Why Speak out?
What to do?
Bullying can cause serious physical and emotional harm. The targets of bullying may be afraid to report it. Those responsible for bullying need to be stopped before they pick new targets.
Bullying at school frequently carries over to the community and online activity.
The presence of bullying at school can cause physical and emotional harm to students. You deserve a school environment that is free from coercion and threats where you can focus on education and developing the skills you need to meet your goals in life.
If you know about someone being bullied, tell an adult you trust or contact Students Speaking Out.
Your voice can make a difference by creating an environment free from intimidation and threats where people can be who they are.