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The Power of One

Bullying 411

What is bullying? Bullying is repeated and intentional hurting, humiliating, and/or isolating acts. There is usually an off-set of power: older/younger, group/individual, popular/not as popular, etc. or an attempt to gain power.

R = repeated

I = intentional

P = power

What are some examples of bullying? There are 3 types of bullying: physical (hitting, kicking, stealing, pushing, tripping, etc.),  verbal (name calling, threats, profanity etc.), and social (excluding, isolating, using social media to gang up on one person, gossip, rumors, etc.).

What does always exists in a bullying situation? Bullying must have a bully, a target, and a location (cyber space counts!).

Who else is involved? Bystanders or witnesses are also involved in a bully scenario.

What can I do? Don’t take it, take action.

  1. Tell the bully to stop. “That’s not cool.” “Don’t do that.” “I don’t like that. Please stop.”
  2. Help the target get away. “Come with me. “ “Let’s go!”
  3. Tell adults. Your parents, teachers, supervisors, police officers, bus drivers, and other responsible adults should help you. Ask them how and when they will help. It is not tattling to get help for someone when they are having trouble.
  4. Stay with friends, in a group, or near an adult so you are not an easy target.
  5. Avoid the location of the bully, if you can.

Bystanders and witnesses have the power to change the communities they live in. Stand up and take action. Don’t be afraid. The only way to make sure you are not the next target is to stand up against bullying, all of us, together.  We all have the Power of One!

Ivey Ranch Elementary is a safe place to go to school where everyone is respectful and responsible.

Remember our pledge:

I will not bully others.

I will not stand by while others are bullied.

I will report and deal with bullying whenever I see it…

because I have the Power of One!