Bully Prevention

Bully Prevention

What is Bullying?

  • “Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.”
    – Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Effects of being bullied

  • Lower self esteem
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Absenteeism and lowered school achievement
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Illness

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  • *Workshops geared towards elementary school ages

Facts and Myths Parents Need to Know

Myth

Research

Bullies suffer from insecurity and low selfesteem. They pick on others to make themselves feel more important. Most bullies have average or aboveaverage self-esteem. They “suffer” from aggressive temperaments, a lack of empathy, and poor parenting.
Bullies are looking for attention. Ignore them and the bullying will stop. Bullies are looking for control, and they rarely stop if their behavior is ignored. The level of bullying usually increases if the bullying is not addressed by adults.
Boys will be boys. Bullying is seldom outgrown; it’s simply redirected. About 60 percent of boys identified as bullies in middle school commit at least one crime by the time they are 24.
Kids can be cruel about differences. Physical differences play only a very small role in bullying situations. Most victims are chosen because they are sensitive, anxious, and unable to retaliate.
Victims of bullies need to learn to stand up for themselves and deal with the situation. Victims of bullies are usually younger or physically weaker than their attackers. They also lack the social skills to develop supportive friendships. They cannot deal with the situation themselves.