What is a “bully”? It is defined as overbearing people who habitually badgers and intimidates others that they perceive are smaller or weaker. The act of bullying is characterized as a form of aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful, and/or threatening and persistent (repeated). It can be physical, emotional, and/or psychological.
- There are over 3 million students that are victims of bullying each year
- Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
- 1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
- 56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
- Many violent incidents at schools are linked to harassment and bullying
One aspect of bullying that is hardly mentioned is the case of the “adult” bully. Bullying by adults is an issue and has the same negative affect as the school yard bully. No one has the right to be oppressed by bullying.
If you are a parent, teacher, or other authority figure, here is the opportunity to not only show “our” kids that they can rise above the obstacle of being bullied and do not have to “join the crowd” to become a bully to someone else. It opens up a window of communication to have insight to if your child or children are being victims of bullying. When adults and kids both show their support in being “better than bullying”, the kids are learning by example that they are not to be bullies or to be bullied. Bullying is never ok, whether it is kids or adults. Parents, teachers, and counselors please help put an end to bullying by leading by example. There are many areas, schools, and non-profit organizations that have anti-bullying programs and here is a way to “unite” the message across the nation. If you are a member or leader of one of the anti-bullying programs, feel free to use “I AM BETTER THAN…” as a way to unify and reinforce the message. Post and blog your events and engagements to share how your organization is successfully overcoming the obstacle.