A student is bullied when he or she is exposed repeatedly and over time to intentional negative actions on the part of one or more students, and whose ability to participate in and benefit from the school’s educational programs or activities is adversely affected. Bullying causes harm from repeated negative conduct in a relationship with an imbalance of power.
Parents and caregivers should be on alert for behavior changes and other signs that a child is being bullied.
Warning Signs may include:
There are things you can do
Do not keep your feelings inside. Talk to a trusted adult.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and this year's theme, Together Against Bullying: UNITED for Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion is more appropriate than ever!
To help commemorate the month, we want you to share a short video describing how you show or demonstrate kindness, acceptance and inclusion. For example, “I show kindness by smiling and saying hello to my classmates.”
Here’s an overview of the activity:
Cyberbullying, also known as electronic bullying or online social cruelty, is the use of information or electronic communication technologies to bully others.
Methods include bullying that takes place:
through digital messages or images sent to a cellular phone
Distinct challenges exist with cyberbullying as aggressors find it easier to hide their identity and may have greater accessibility to their target due to the 24-hour cycle of text messages and email and social media.
Students have a critical role to play in preventing cyber bullying as you are more likely to witness the behavior...
True or False: Any information you put online or on your phone can be easily shared, copied, and pasted in other places.
True. You are creating a “digital footprint” and what goes online stays online. Any information that you share online—photos, videos, emails, text messages and more—can be easily shared, copied and pasted in other places.
True or False: Many social media sites offer some sort of system to report bullying content.
True. Many social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram have systems to report bullying content. You can report any content that violates Facebook‘s Community Standards or Instagram’s Community Guidelines. Remember to give a clear description of where the content is. You may also want to take screenshots of any offending posts, photos, or conversations with the person who is bullying you. Facebook also offers the social reporting tool, which allows individuals to communicate directly with a person about the content they have posted that you don’t like.
True or False: If you are being bullied online, you should immediately delete all of the bullying messages and posts.
False. It’s tempting to delete messages and other bullying content sent to you, especially if you are trying to ignore the bullying. This however can become problematic if you need to provide proof of the cyberbullying to school officials or law enforcement officials later on.
Bullying, harassment and intimidation have no place in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Whether it happens in the hallways or online, such behavior can create hostile learning environments that interfere with students’ academic performance, and emotional and physical well-being. Harassment is motivated by real or perceived characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or socioeconomic status. Bullying behavior is threatening, intimidating and occurs repeatedly over time with the intent to cause harm. Bullying is unwanted behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated over time with the intent to cause harm. Bullying behavior may include: making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and deliberately excluding someone from a group.