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Most Misunderstood word in schools: Bullying

I don't know about you but I feel like the word bullying is really misunderstood in our schools and in today's world. Bullying is not the one in a while tease or even a fight. Bullying is a on going event. 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.Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Bullying Must Prove these 3 Concepts

  • An Imbalance of Power: Power over another person could be physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity to control or harm others to join in. 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.

  • Harmful- Physical and or emotional.

Please note that even if someone bullied is strong enough to handle it or even if it dose not bother them it is NOT OK! You as the teacher must still report it and deal with it because no child should have to deal with a bully. I would also recommend that you set up a time for both student to express one on one not together how they feel. I may just be that there is something deeper to the bullying.

Prevention is the best way to controlling Bullying. By creating an inclusive learning environment that supports all students, educators maintain a space that is inhospitable to those who would bully. Everyone has a role to play in prevention.

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