Say No To Bullying


All I Ask poem by Caitlin Dwyer

 I'm sorry I don't impress you
Don't act the way you want
I'm sorry I'm not pretty
And don't have much to flaunt

I'm sorry you can't accept me
For the way I am inside
I'm sorry that your cruel words
Make me run and hide

I'm sorry I'm not in your clique
And that I don't fit in
I'm sorry that being born, to you,
Was such an awful sin

I'm sorry I'm so ordinary
Not an extraordinaire
Does that give you reason, though,
To stand and cast your glare?

I don't know what to tell you
To make you stop your games
And I can't think of a way for you
To take back all those names

Please answer me this question
And please be honest, too
What do you get from hurting me?
What does it do for you?

We may not understand each other
Or ever get along
But I've never said one word to you
Never done you wrong

So do me just one favor
Just one simple task
Please stop being mean to me
This is all I ask


Stop Bullying on the Spot

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. 

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.

What is bullying

 Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior 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. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. 

In order to be considered bullying, 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 excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Leaving someone out on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Spreading rumors about someone
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like on the playground or the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the internet.

Statistics and toll free numbers

 160,000 kids per day skips school for fear of being bullied.

When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.

The 3 B’s of Bullying

  1. Bullier30% of youth admit to bullying
  2. Bullied1 in 3 students bullied at school
  3. Bystander70% have witnessed bullying

28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying.
20% of U.S. students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.

Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others in surveys.

70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.
70.4% of school staff have seen bullying. 62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.
When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.

6% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.
16% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year.
However, 55.2% of LGBT students experienced cyberbullying.

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