Bullying/Cyberbullying

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Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior  that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. (StopBullying.gov)

In order to be considered bullying, and not a conflict, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids 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.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and

Cyber Bullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or Phoneemails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Are you a cyberbully? Take this quiz now.



Resources

Be more than a bystander... tips to stop bullying/cyber-bullying.

FAQs for teens.

Teens, what can you do?

Kids, what can you do?

Use common sense with a smart phone.

Cypher-bullying.US

Learn more about the Dignity Act.

SCSD incident reporting form (PDF -193 KB)