Thank you for visiting our Bullying prevention web page. Falls Schools takes reports of bullying very seriously.Bullying is defined as repeated actions or threats of action directed toward a person by one or more people who have or are perceived to have more power or status than their target in order to cause fear, distress or harm. Bullying can be physical, verbal, psychological or any combination of these three. It’s more important now than ever before for parents, educators and youth advocates to start the conversation early about bullying.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: People who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
According to Stopbullying.gov, bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Every Conflict Isn’t Bullying
Best-selling author and bullying prevention expert Rosalind Wiseman has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to develop bullying prevention resources for parents and educators. In addition, he addresses the distinction between drama, or conflict–and bullying. Learn more here.
What Bullying is...
- Repeated aggressive behavior
- Intended to cause harm (physical or emotional)
- An attempt by one or more individuals to gain power over another
- Physical: Hitting, kicking, pushing, destroying property
- Verbal/Written: Threatening, name-calling, teasing, taunting
- Social/Emotional: Terrorizing, spreading rumors, intimidating, humiliating, blackmailing, isolating
- Cyber-bullying: Using technology to bully others verbally, emotionally and/or socially.
What Bullying is Not...
- Not liking someone
- Accidentally bumping into someone
- A single act of telling a joke about someone
- Expression of unpleasant thoughts or feelings regarding others
- Arguments or disagreements
- Being excluded from a game or group on the playground (unless being done regularly and with intention to hurt the feelings of another)
- Isolated acts of harassment, aggressive behavior, intimidation or meanness