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Bullying is a huge concern for kids, teens and parents. The most important thing for you to do if you are getting bullied is to tell a trusted adult.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both teens who are bullied and those who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. There are three types of bullying: verbal bullying, social bullying, and physical bullying.
Bullying stops us from being who we want to be, and prevents us from expressing ourselves freely, and might even make us feel unsafe. If you are bullied, say something! If you are bullying, it’s not cool!
I might be being bullied
I don’t get bullied, but my friend does
To learn more about bullying, check out these trusted resources:
Cyberbullying is bullying that happens through texting, the internet, or on social media. Remember, bullying does not only happen at school. It happens on YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat. Just because cyberbullying it isn't happening face-to-face doesn't make it any less real or harmful.
Cyberbullying comes in many forms but the most common are:
How is cyberbullying different from other forms of bullying?
Bullying is a kind of behavior that is designed to cause intentional harm. Cyberbullying can be even more distressing because of its very public and uncontrollable nature. For example:
It’s hard for teens to escape the bullying, especially if they use technology in their everyday lives. It’s suggested that teens can be more likely to bullied online than they would in real-life, as the bullies feel less accountable for their actions due to the nature of the online world.
It can be difficult to stand up to a group of friends who want you to do something that you do not feel comfortable doing! However, it is a very important skill.
Here are some links to help you think through how to stand up to your friends and peers:
Social media is everywhere! Have you ever paid attention to how much time your phone is in your hand throughout the day?!
There are many benefits of social media. Through social media, you can:
But there are many risks, too:
Want to practice healthy social media use? Check out this guide and download this handout with 15 tips for smart social networking.
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