What is Bullying?
Bullying can take many forms. It can be physical, like hitting, kicking, or punching. It can also be social or emotional, like using words to hurt someone, leaving someone out, or gossiping and spreading rumors. Bullying can happen at school, in your neighborhood, or online.
Be respectful in person and online
It is always important to be respectful, online and in real life. If you see someone bullying online or in a text message, tell a trusted adult. Also, remember that nothing is private when you are online or on your phone. There are no “take-backs” either. What you write or post will always exist somewhere, even after you delete it.
If you see cyberbullying, save the evidence
If you experience or see cyberbullying, save the evidence. If the bullying continues, you
may need the proof before steps can be taken to make it stop. You can save the
evidence by printing it, copying and pasting it, or just not erasing it. Share it with a
trusted adult too
Try not to respond to cyberbullying. If you do, be careful.
Always report cyberbullying but try not to respond to it. If you choose to respond, try to
stay cool and calm and tell the person to stop bullying. Do not bully back.
Don't forward harmful messages
If someone sends you mean emails or messages about someone else, respond by
saying that you think it’s mean and you won’t send it to anyone else. Do not respond if
you do not feel safe. Remember to report the cyberbullying to a trusted adult.
Follow this week's tip to keep the internet safe and friendly
Always be respectful and report bullying to an adult, whether you see it online or in
person. If you see cyberbullying, save the evidence, and don’t join in or forward mean
Always be kind and make everyone feel welcome
It’s never okay to criticize or be mean to someone because he or she is different from
you. We feel good about ourselves when other people care about our feelings and are
kind to us.
Remember that sometimes, laughter hurts others
Laughter can be fun and make us feel good. It’s sometimes hard not to laugh when we
hear other people laughing. While it’s good to laugh at our own mistakes, it’s not okay to laugh at someone or to make fun of them. This hurts people’s feelings and makes them feel left out
Don't use nicknames that hurt feelings
When someone uses a nickname that we like, it can make us feel good and friendly
towards each other. Make sure that people feel good about the nicknames you use for
him or her
Don't say someone can't do things because he or she is a boy or girl
Boys and girls have lots of skills. Don’t say someone can’t do things because he or she
is a boy or a girl. Don’t use mean names because you think they are not acting like
other boys or girls.
Follow this week's tip to treat your classmates well
Always be kind and make others feel welcome. This helps make our school a safer and
friendlier place. Remember that everyone can do something to stop bullying!