Updated: Oct 6, 2018
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. There are numerous types of bullying. We are focusing on school and workplace bullying. How they are defined and ways to stop bullying.
Studies show that 1 out of 5 children report being bullied at school. What determines school bullying? Stopbullying.org describes bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power of imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.”
Yet, what determines an imbalance of power or repetition? Stopbullying.org defines them in the following way:
· An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power--- such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity, to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even when they involve the same people.
· Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying actions include but are not limited to:
· Purposely excluding someone from a group
· Spreading rumors in person or through social media
· Continual verbal attacks
· Physical attacks
· Making threats to someone
It is imperative in the school setting to bring a third-party adult into bullying situations. The adult can determine the necessary means to rectify the situation.