Bullying is the act of intimidating another person to make them do something. It happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying is a common experience for many children and teens. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Bullying can occur during or after school hours. It can also happen traveling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the internet.
There are a lot of reasons why some people bully. They may see it as a way of being popular, or making themselves look tough and in charge. Some bullies do it to get attention, or to make other people afraid of them. Others might be jealous of the person they are bullying. They may be a victim of bullies themselves. Some bullies may not even understand how wrong their behavioris and how it makes the person being bullied feel. Most bullies do not consider the consequences that could come with getting caught. They think bullying is anonymous, funny and no big deal.
Cyberbullying is the intentional and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. While more than 4 in 10 teens experience some form of cyberbullying, only 1 in 10 told their parents.
Mississippi does have laws in place that can help prevent cyberbullying:
If there has been a crime or someone is at immediate risk of harm, call 911.
Get police help or medical attention immediately if:
If you know someone is being bullied in school contact the:
If the school is not adequately addressing the issue based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion contact:
Mississippi Department of Education Stay Safe Hotline - (866) 960-6472 https://www.mdek12.org/SBR
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use - aplatformforgood.org
Cyberbullying Research Center - www.cyberbullying.us
Fear Stops Here - www.fearstopshere.com
United States Department of Health and Human Services - stopbullying.gov
U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/
Wired Safety - www.wiredsafety.org
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