October is National Bullying Prevention Month, an important time for educators, students, and communities to come together to identify and prevent bullying in its many forms. Data shows that most students in the U.S. have experienced bullying in some shape or form.
Additionally, the Counseling Service concerning Cyber Bullying Statistics 2014 found 50% of young people have experienced some form of cyberbullying; among them, 20% experience cyberbullying regularly. Bullying impacts all students, teachers, and school communities across the country, and can be negatively impactful to not only the victims, but also bystanders.
So, What Constitutes Bullying?
There is often some confusion over the difference between a conflict between students and a bullying incident. A general conflict between students involves a disagreement or difference in opinion, whereas the Center for Disease Control defines bullying as “any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths, who are not siblings or current dating partners”. So what differentiates the two?
Bullying is identified by the following three criteria:
When identifying a bullying incident, it is important to know that it happens regardless of age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status of the participants.
How to Prevent Bullying
As an educator, you are at the forefront of combating bullying in the classroom and community. Through these and many other best practices, you can stem the tide of bullying in all its forms:
For more information about how to prevent bullying in your school, check out our course Bullying and Beyond: Tools for Understanding and Engaging 21st Century Students as Dual Citizens.