• Bullying150

    Addressing the Problem of Bullying

    Bullying isn’t just one of the many trials and tribulations of childhood. It is a serious, sometimes life-threatening problem that plagues both our schools and our community. The federal government’s anti-bullying campaign, StopBullying.gov, provides the public with information on bullying behavior, who is at risk, and ways to prevent and deal with bullying. 

    Both the website and its corresponding Facebook page address the growing problem of cyber bullying—bullying over the Internet, on cell phones, or with other electronic devices. StopBullying.gov also works closely with a Department of Education agency to coordinate policy, research, and communications on bullying topics.

    What behavior qualifies as “bullying”? According to StopBullying.gov, bullying is any “unwanted, aggressive conduct among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

    Basic Types of Bullying

    Three basic types of bullying exist: verbal, social, and physical. Verbal bullying—which can be spoken or written—includes teasing, name calling, taunting, sexual comments, or threats to cause harm. Social (or relational) bullying involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships, e.g., leaving someone out on purpose, spreading rumors about someone, or publicly embarrassing someone. Physical bullying involves harming a person’s body or possessions, such as hitting or pushing, stealing from, or gesturing rudely in public.

    Children who are bullied, as well as those who bully others, may be faced with serious, lasting problems such as depression, anxiety, underachievement, and sadly enough, suicide. Stopbullying.gov is an important resource for everyone affected by this topic or interested in stopping bullying. 

    Tactics to Stop Bullying

    Educators can also use the website to understand bullying and learn about tactics to stop bullying in their classrooms. The site offers a free training toolkit that provides educators with information on how to stop bullying on the spot or to prevent it. For more information on how to stop bullying, understanding what bullying is, or how it affects those who are bullied or those who bully, visit Stopbullying.gov or visit our Articles and Publications section to read articles on bullying written by our College of Public Service faculty.

    View Stopbullying.gov’s video “Misdirections in Bullying Prevention and Response” which features Dr. Catherine Bradshaw, a national expert in bullying prevention, discussing various approaches to avoid when trying to prevent bullying.  

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