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Bullying is wrong and even in today’s world we are still hearing of severe and fatal cases of bullying that simply should not have occurred.

Bullying myths and facts

There are many myths surrounding bullying issues and some of these myths can often trivialize bullying and suggest the bullied individual is making a big deal out of nothing when actually that is not the case.
This can undermine how a person feels if they are being bullied. Bullying should not be tolerated in any form. We believe it is important to address bullying whether it is in a workplace, school or in the community so that the message is clear that bullying is unacceptable.

The myths and facts below can be a great discussion point to raise awareness of bullying with children and young people.

Myth: Bullying is a normal part of childhood
and you should just ignore it

Fact: Bullying is not “normal” or acceptable in any form and ignoring might not always make it stop. If you can, please confide in someone you trust such as a parent or teacher to help you get it stopped. Bullying can knock your self-esteem and confidence.

Myth: It is ok to hit someone who is bullying you, it will stop it

Fact: It’s understandable that you may be angry but if you were to get violent or aggressive it may make matters much worse as you may get into trouble too.

Myth: Bullies are born this way, it’s in their genes

Fact: Bullies often adopt this behavior from their environment or sometimes, it’s a reaction from them being bullied by others. Whatever the case, it is not right.

Myth: Bullying only happens in schools

Fact: This is not the case at all, bullying can happen to anyone at any place. It may be out of school, at university or even college. It can happen when you are out with mates or on the way to or from school.

Myth: You can spot a bully from the way they look and act

Fact: There is no such thing as a way a bully looks or acts. There is no specific dress code or behavior code.

Myth: Online bullying is just banter and harmless

Fact: People being bullied online is a very serious issue, the bullying can go viral very quickly and make the problem escalate quickly. It is important to take a screenshot of any conversations, messages or posts that you feel are bullying so that you have a record.

Myth: Cyber bullying doesn’t involve physical harm
so what’s the harm?

Fact: Actually, some people have committed suicide as a result of not seeing any way out of the non-stop harassment, threats and abuses. The emotional scarring stays for a lot longer and sometimes a person will never get over this. Some websites allow people to post anonymously which can mean it is very hard to stop this abuse.

Myth: Cyber bullying can only affect someone if they are online and have an account too

Fact: This is not true, we often hear of pages and fake accounts being created without person’s permission or knowledge. This sort of cyber bullying is on the increase and just as serious as any other form of bullying.

Myth: It’s not bullying if someone deletes the comment or post

Fact: Regardless of hitting delete, once something is posted online is gets its own unique URL which means that it can stay on cyberspace even if you hit delete.

Myth: If bullying is so bad, why don’t they have laws about it?

Fact: Some forms of bullying are illegal and should be reported to the police including violence or assault, theft, repeated harassment or intimidation, e.g. Threats and abusive phone calls, emails or text messages and hate crimes.

Myth: Reporting a bully will make things worse

Fact: You may worry that reporting a bully might make the bullying escalate or they feel they are not believed. It is important to confide in someone you trust so that you can have some help in getting the necessary support to get this stopped.

Myth: It is easy to spot the signs of bullying

Fact: It is not always easy to identify the signs of bullying as it is not always physical and obvious. Emotional, verbal and online bullying can often leave scars that people don’t see.

Myth: Children grow out of bullying

Fact: Quite often children who bully may grow up to be adults who bully or use negative behavior to get what they want, unless there has been intervention and their behavior challenged by the relevant authorities, whether it be school or parents, etc.
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What Is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a broad term and is any form of abuse repeatedly directed at a child through technology by another child. This could be online through social media, like Facebook, or via text messages on their mobile phones. Some of the forms that cyberbullying can take include:

Sharing and posting videos or photos on social media of a person that are cruel in intention or violent.
Sharing and posting videos or photos on social media or via text that are sexual in nature or display violent sexual behavior.
Making threats of physical harm towards a person or telling someone to kill themselves via email, text, or social media.
Attacking a person online or via text based on their physical appearance, religion, sexuality, or mental ability.
Impersonating another person online in order to trick someone into revealing personal details, and then sharing it with others.
Hacking into another person’s social media accounts or email in order to send untrue and cruel messages to others.
With 92% of teens reporting going online at least once daily and 24% stating that they are “online constantly,” the amount of potential exposure to cyberbullying is high. Unlike bullying, cyberbullying can be unrelenting and seem inescapable since it is online and on phones. It can happen at anytime of day, follows pre-teens and teens home after school, and is often completely anonymous.

Cyberbullies can create fake social media profiles and download apps that provide temporary disposable numbers that allow them to send threatening text messages without the victim knowing the identity of their attacker.

In addition to the anonymity, messages, images, and videos can also be spread very quickly via social media and group text messages. Once the information has been shared it’s impossible to delete all of the occurrences of it since it can be downloaded by individuals and repeatedly uploaded.


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Bullying is a serious issue.

160,000 students are staying home everyday because they are afraid of being bullied.

The roommate of Tyler Clementi (pictured on cover of People magazine)

was indicted by a grand jury  on April 20 on 15 charges including bias and invasion of privacy.

Empower yourself and your friends to be part of the solution to bullying.
Join Hey U.G.L.Y.  and the growing group of celebrities
who are speaking out against being MEAN.

And, if you are being cyberbullied click here now!

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What is Bullying?

Bullying is a form of abuse. It is repeated acts over time that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful individual or group abusing those who are less powerful.  The power imbalance may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is often referred to as a target.

What Are the Different Types of Bullying?

There are four main types of Bullying.  These include:

1. Physical Bullying involves physical contact that would hurt or injure another person or their property.  Examples include: hitting, kicking, pinching, pushing, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack.

2. Verbal Bullying is the most common form of bullying. Examples include: name calling, insulting, teasing, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks.

3. Emotional Bullying in an indirect form of bullying and is most common among girls. Examples include: isolation, spreading rumors or lies about the target

4. Cyber Bullying is any type of bullying that is carried out by an electronic medium.  Examples include: text messages, picture/video clip, phone calls, E-mail, chat rooms or instant messaging, social networking sites.

The Bullying Circle

Bullying affects more than just one student.  Nearly one in five students in an average classroom is experiencing bullying in some way. The rest of the students, called bystanders, are also affected by the bullying.

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ARAG offers 7 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe From Cyberbullying

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 – 8:08 am

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 1, 2013 –/PRNewswire/ — Cyberbullying is more than just “kids being kids.” While it generally starts as a face-to-face encounter with someone the victim knows, texts and social media can quickly evolve the situation into widespread harassment and public humiliation. Digital abuse or “cyberbullying” can take many forms from sending mean messages or threats, spreading rumors, posting unflattering pictures or pretending to be someone else online. More than 80 percent of teens use cell phones regularly, and about half have experienced some kind of abuse through social and digital media.1(Logo:

“Cyberbullying is a growing issue and it’s critical that young people understand the consequences of what they post online,” says Ann Cosimano, General Counsel of ARAG®, a global provider of legal solutions.  “Even something intended as a joke could reflect badly on them later when they apply for college or a job. And if remarks are intended to hurt or harass someone, the sender could lose a cell phone or online account. As laws in every state become stricter, cyberbullies – and their parents – are more frequently facing legal charges for harassment.”

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, an annual event created to unite communities and educate the public on how to protect children from the effects of bullying.  It’s a good opportunity to talk with your children and find out more about their school and online experiences with cyberbullying. Consider these tips to as a way to start the conversation and stay safer online.

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  1. “Once your child has a personal phone or social media account, it’s time to explain the consequences of what’s posted,” says Cosimano. “Set – and keep – boundaries that consider loss of phone or computer privileges if damaging pictures or messages are posted or forwarded.”
  2. Make sure teens know that what goes online, stays online. “Any electronic message is, or can be, made, public very easily,” says Cosimano. “I remind my kids regularly: if you don’t want everyone to know, don’t send it online. Better yet, follow the old adage, if you’d be embarrassed if it was published on the front page of the newspaper, then don’t write it.”
  3. Encourage your children to tell an adult if they see cyberbullying happen. Let them know they will not be punished if they are the victim and reassure them that being bullied is not their fault.
  4. If your child is harassed, keep all cyberbullying messages as proof. Depending on the severity of the message, parents may want to involve the school or the police. While going directly to the bully’s parents might provide relief, it is not always practical or possible. In this case, letting the school, the cell phone carrier or internet service provider intervene may be an effective first step.
  5. If necessary, block the person who is sending harassing messages. You may also need to get a new phone number or email address and be cautious about who receives the new contact information.
  6. “Make sure teens never share passwords with anyone except a parent,” says Cosimano. “Don’t write it down or place it in a place where others could find it.”
  7. Parents may want to keep the computer in a shared space such as a family room and limitInternet access in a teen’s room. “It’s also important to have times when everyone simply turns off all the technology. It’s tough when everyone is busy, but set boundaries at meal time or a certain time in the evening when everyone turns off cell phones, tablets and computers.”

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Bullying is one of several unexpected legal issues that can happen with your children as they grow up. For a closer look at some of the possible, but unplanned situations you could face, download a free copy of ARAG’s guidebook, Legal Issues as Your Children Grow Up. To further safeguard against legal issues, check with your employer about enrolling in legal insurance coverage where you work. Comprehensive legal plans, such as those offered by ARAG, provide plan members with a wide range of services ranging from attorney consultation on drafting letters to the school, or preparing for presentation in an administrative hearing.



In support of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources for families, teens, educators, clinicians, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel on how to recognize, deal with, and prevent bullying.

Bullying can be verbal, physical, or via the Internet. It can severely affect the victim’s self-image, social interactions, and school performance―often leading to insecurity, lack of self-esteem, and depression in adulthood. School dropout rates and absences among victims of bullying are much higher than among other students.

Studies have shown that children who have been identified as a bully by age eight are six times more likely to have a criminal conviction by age 24. Children who are bullies may continue to be bullies as adults, and are more prone to becoming child and spouse abusers.

The following resources provide information regarding bullying and bullying prevention for families and their communities.

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