Bullying Awareness week celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. We wanted to share some information regarding bullying and solutions you can try in your class.
BullyingAwarenessWeek.Org makes these points clear about bullying:
- Bullying is wrong and harmful
- Bullying is a relationship problem (Bullying cannot be addressed with “simple” solutions. Bullying requires relationship strategies that encourage respect and empathy for others)
- Bullying is a community issue, we all need to play a part in addressing it(Get your community involved with Bullying Awareness Week plans and activities)
- Youth involvement and leadership is very important
- Challenging and supporting potential bystanders or “silent majority” to not accept bullying behavior as normal
- Everyone has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others, in person and online!
Statistics on bullying are hard to verify, as many incidents likely go unreported. The finding below are likely just the tip of the iceberg in how common bullying is in schools and communities.
1. McAfee released this infographic on specifically on cyberbullying and its prevalence on different social networks.
2. From Master in Teaching comes this comprehensive infographic on the status of bullying in US schools.
How does your school address bullying? Your class?