Repeated harmful physical, verbal or psychological attacks or intimidation directed against another.
Types: Physical---assault, pushing, tripping, hitting, intimidation, demands for money, destruction of property, theft, hazing.
Relational or emotional---peer pressure, isolation.
Verbal---tease, mock, threaten, taunt, rumors, gossip, lies, racial and sexual slurs.
Bullying is no laughing matter. It deserves your attention right now. As a student in school today, you are on the front lines of this problem.
October 1, 1997---Pearl, Mississippi---Two students killed and seven wounded by Luke Woodham, 16, an outcast who worshiped Satan.
April 20, 1999---Fourteen students, one teacher killed at Columbine High School. Eric Harris, 18 and Dylan Klebold, 17, directly linked to bullying.
April 28, 1999---Taber, Alberta, Canada---One student killed, one wounded. Suspect 14 year old male who had dropped out of school after he was severely ostracized by his classmates.
March 7, 2001---One student wounded by a 14 year old female. Suspect frequently teased and depressed.
Chesapeake, Virginia---13 year old Alex killed himself after being bullied online.
If your child is being victimized, chances are quite good that she/he will never tell you about it. You need to take an active role in observing your child's behavior.
Indications your child is being victimized at home, school or in the neighborhood:
Experts offer these pointers for parents:
Always print out and save cyberbullying messages.
Teach children never to post anything they wouldn't want others to read.
Have kids change their screen name and give it only to people they trust.
If threats are made, call the police and the Internet service provider.
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