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Bully prevention tools
What is bullying?
According to Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.
The definition of bullying has three major components: First, it is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Second, bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Finally, it involves an imbalance of power or strength.
Is bullying harmful?
Yes. Students who are bullied may develop physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach pains, or sleeping problems. they may be afraid to go to school, go to the bathroom, or ride the school bus. They may also lose interest in school, have trouble concentrating, and do poorly academically.
Bullying also affects students who are bystanders. Students who observe bullying may feel anxious or guilty for not intervening to stop bullying.
If you find that you are faced with a bullying situation, Kiwanis resources can give you guidance. Bully prevention resources