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1 1. Bullying is just a part of growing g up. The effects of bullying on victims are short-term and minor. Answer: False In addition to the social, emotional and physical torment of the actual bullying experience, victims also are more likely than nonvictims to suffer from physical illnesses, academic troubles and enduring mental health problems.

2 2. Bullying is not a serious problem for the bullies; they eventually grow out of this behavior. Answer: False Studies have established a strong correlation between bullying other students during the school years and experiencing legal or criminal troubles with violence as adults.

3 3. Most bullying occurs in high school because older students are more confident and willing to pick on others. Answer: False Some studies indicate that bullying is most prevalent during the elementary school years, while other studies indicate that it increases and peaks during the middle school years. However, it is clear that bullying, though certainly present in high school, is more prevalent among younger students.

4 4. Bullying usually is verbal, not physical in nature. Answer: True While bullying can be physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual in nature, verbal bullying, including name-calling, is the most common form.

5 5. Bullies usually are insecure loners with low self-esteem. Answer: False Bullies are likely to have both friends and followers. In fact, they tend to be rather popular in the early school years. Furthermore, research indicates that bullies typically have average or above average levels of self-esteem and self confidence.

6 6. Bullying is, almost exclusively, male behavior. Answer: False Both boys and girls bully, just in different ways. Male bullies are more likely than female bullies to engage in physical bullying; female bullies typically use verbal and emotional tactics.

7 7. Bullies don t usually pick on passive students; instead, they bully in response to some sort of provocation from their victims. Answer: False Only 10-15% of victims actually provoke bullies into action. Eighty five to ninety percent of victims are passive, with many not even reporting that they have been bullied.

8 8. A bully usually attacks when no one else is watching. Answer: False Other students are watching as bystanders during most bullying incidents. In contrast, adults, such as teachers and parents, rarely observe bullies victimizing others.

9 9. Most bullying happens at school. Answer: True Bullying most often occurs in and around schools, specifically in those areas where there is little or no adult supervision (playground, hallways, cafeteria or in the classroom before the lesson begins).

10 10. Targets of bullies tend to be children with physical differences. Answer: False Bullies typically do not choose their victims based on physical attributes. Instead, they usually victimize i those peers who display a cluster of psychological weaknesses that make them vulnerable to attack. Victims tend to reveal poor self concepts, social withdrawal, anxiousness, depression and fearfulness.

11 11. If students would just fight back, then bullies would leave them alone. Answer: False Fighting back is likely to escalate a bullying situation. In other words, it can lead to more aggression and possibly serious injury. Bullies usually try to unnerve and provoke others, so fighting back just gives them what they want.

12 12. Hanging out with other students increases the risks of being bullied since there are more people for bullies to target Answer: False Hanging out with friends (or at least allies) reduces bullying opportunities. There is safety in numbers

13 Bonham Survey of School Climate Conducted December th Graders th Graders th Graders

14 How often, if ever, are y ou teased in a m ean or unfriendly way at school? N ever Few times a month Few times a week % 8th Graders % 7th Graders % 6th Graders 1-2 tim es a day > 2 tim es a day

15 H o w m u c h d o yo u w o rry a b o u t b e in g b u llie d a t s c h o o l? % 6th Graders % 7th Graders % 8th Graders rs All of the tim e Most of the tim e Hardly ever Never

16 H o w o fte n d o you think school staff are help fu l in p rev e n tin g or stopping bullying? % 6th Graders % 7th Graders % 8th Graders Usually Sometimes Not usually Never

17 % of Students who say they were e bullied in the last few months in various locations Context of Bullying % 6th G raders % 7th G raders 15 % 8th G raders Hallways Classroom B athroom G ym /P E Cafeteria/ Break

18 Forms of bully in g : student p ercep tio n s o f " B ig P ro b le m s " Leaving P eople out Gossip & Rumors % 8th G raders % 7th G raders % 6th G raders Hitting, S hoving, or Threatening N a m e c a lllin g, M o c k in g & S aying m ean things

19 Do you always feel sorry for the target of these form s of bullying? See another student being excluded See another student g e ttin g s ho ve d, hit, etc. Hear mean rumors or gossip % 8th Graders % 7th Graders % 6th Graders Hear som eone else called names or mocked

20 Do you follow along with other students when they m ake fun of soem one in an unfriendly way, e v e n th o u g h y o u d o n 't th in k it is right or fair? % 6th Graders % 7th Graders % 8th Graders D e finite ly Ye s U s ua lly Ye s U s ua lly N o D e finite ly N o

21 If you have been bullied, physically or verbally in the last few m onths at school, how did you m ost likely deal with it? Tried to fig ht b ack (physically or verbally) Reported it to an adult T rie d to s a y s o m e thing fun ny % 8th Graders % 7th Graders % 6th Graders Ignored it T o ld the b ully to s to p

22 W hich h of these e adu lts w o u ld yo u feel m ost com fortable telling if you or som eone you knew was being bullied? Iprobably would not tell an adult Parent, Guardian or other adult fam ily member Principal % 8th Graders % 7th Graders % 6th Graders C ounselor Teacher

23 Bullying creates a climate of fear and disrespect in schools and has a negative impact on student learning. NEA 2003

24 Action Points 1. Help students to recognize, refuse and report bullying. 2. Have consistent school-wide discipline regarding students who engage in bullying behaviors. 3. Develop greater empathy in all students. 4. Encourage students who are bystanders to become involved in standing up to those who bully or by extending friendship to the targets t of bullying.

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