• Bully- a person who hurts another person repeatedly.

    Victim- The person that the bully targets and gets hurt by the bullying either emotionally, physically or socially.
     
    Bystander- A person that watches the bullying take place and does nothing to stop it
     
    Supporter- The "sidekick" to the bully.  They laugh at or encourage the bully behavior.
     
  • Words can hurt as much as a fist.
     
    Tell your children to think about what they are saying to others.  If they would NOT want this said to them, they should not say it to anyone else.  Explain that there is "friendly teasing," where people are joking around but once someone gets upset, it becomes "hurtful teasing."  Hurtful teasing or taunting is not to be tolerated at the schools.
  • Any type of unwanted or harmful physical contact is considered bullying and should be reported to an adult immediately.
     
  • Technology is much more popular these days and can also be a source of bullying.
     
    What you can do:
    Talk to your kids about the seriousness of things they post in social media
    Have access to all their accounts so you can check to see what is going on with them
    Encourage them to talk with you regarding others bothering them online
    Teach them "stranger safety online".  Tell them not to add anyone that is not their friend to any of their sites. 
  • Dealing with Teasing

    Teasing can be friendly, such as joking around or unfriendly, such as name calling and making fun of someone. You may feel angry, upset, embarrassed, left out or sad.
    It hurts your feelings.

    To deal with teasing, you:

     
    1.Take a deep breath.

    2.Keep calm.

    3.Think:  "I can handle this."

    4.Choose:

    a. Ignore

    b. Walk away.
    c. Ask the person to stop in a strong way.

    d. Find a different activity.                                                                                                              
    e. Use a sense of humor.

     f.  Seek help.

     
                    5 .Do it.