What Is Bullying?
Many children have a good idea of what bullying is because they see it every day! Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending themselves. So, everyone needs to get involved to help stop it.
Bullying is wrong! It is behaviour that makes the person being bullied feel afraid or uncomfortable. There are many ways that young people bully each other, even if they don't realize it at the time. Some of these include:
Punching, shoving and other acts that hurt people physically
Spreading bad rumours about people
Keeping certain people out of a group
Teasing people in a mean way
Getting certain people to "gang up" on others
The four most common types of bullying are:
Verbal bullying - name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to one's culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual comments.
Social Bullying - mobbing, scapegoating, excluding others from a group, humiliating others with public gestures or graffiti intended to put others down.
Physical Bullying - hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted sexual touching.
Cyber Bullying - using the internet or text messaging to intimidate, put-down, spread rumours or make fun of someone.
Conflict Resolution in Schools
For the past three years Aim for Success has successfully worked with school staff and administration in resolving conflicts that were both one-off situations and bullying situations.
Aim for Success mentoring staff have been trained in what the Alberta Conflict Transformation Society Restorative Practices.Staff have applied Restorative Practices and the Circle format to form the basis of multiple programs.
Peace Circles are available to classes in each of our schools at the request of the teacher and focus on conflict resolution. Classroom Circles take elements of the Life Skills and Health curriculum and incorporate them into a circle format.
By allowing students the opportunity to express themselves, whether about a case of bullying or about how to say “no”, they own the experience as well as the outcomes. In both cases students are made to feel as important partners in their own learning and part of their solutions.
We all have a role in bullying prevention, especially adults! Bullying behaviour is unacceptable at any time and in any situation - and isn't a normal part of growing up. It can leave scars that last a lifetime.
This website has a variety of tips and tools for adults to help prevent or intervene in a bullying situation, including cyberbullying and homophobic bullying.
Together, we can create a caring, respectful and safe province – free from bullying.