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When I work with students, because the law can be hard to understand, I define bullying as the abuse of the difference in power. It's being mean or leaving people out on purpose. 

Definition of Bullying

Bullying is often defined as the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated over time. Bullying can also be defined as the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Bullying behaviors includes verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion.

Physical Bullying

 Physical bullying which includes hitting or otherwise hurting someone, shoving or intimidating another person, or damaging or stealing their belongings

Verbal Bullying

When most people think of bullying, they think of physical bullying. However, bullying goes beyond the physical and can encompass the verbal. It may seem strange, but verbal bullying can be just as harmful – in different ways – as physical bullying. With verbal bullying, the goal is still to degrade and demean the victim, while making the aggressor look dominant and powerful. All bullying focuses on creating a situation in which the victim is dominated by the aggressor.

Forgive Yourself

Forgiving yourself is not easy but it can happen. Remember, forgiving yourself is a process. It may involve making amends in whatever way possible. Sometimes people make amends through acts that undo harm, or through practicing kindness to others, or through offering forgiveness when others have hurt you. 

Bystanders -- The Crowd

Someone who witnesses bullying, either in person or online, is a bystander. Friends, students, peers, teachers, school staff, parents, coaches, and other youth-serving adults can be bystanders. With cyberbullying, even strangers can be bystanders.

Ways to Stop Bullying

Students who know what bullying is can better identify it and help stop it.

How Teachers Can Stop Bullying

How an educator should professionally respond to bullying and mean behavior by students.

How to Respond to a Verbal Bully

Strategies on how to respond intelligently and safely to a bully.  Based on information from the book, How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression.

Playful Teasing vs. Hurtful Taunting

 Teach students how to determine the difference between playful teasing and hurtful taunting.

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