Bullying

  • What is bullying?

    Bullying is a widespread and serious problem that can happen anywhere.  It is not a phase children must endure as part of growing up, it is not when students are "just messing around", and it is not something they'll "grow out of".  Bullying can cause serious and lasting harm.

    Although definitions of bullying vary, researchers agree that in order for a set of behaviors to be considered bullying, the following 3 traits must be present for actions or speech to be considered bullying:

    • Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm, and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves
    • Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm
    • Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same person, over and over, by the same person(s) or group(s)

    If I think my child is being bullied what should I do?

     

    Contact the school immediately ... we can't help with a situation unless we know about it.  Talk to your son or daughter about telling their teacher, counselor, or principal.  Communicate with your children, assuring them it is not their fault, and the adults in the school are here to help.

     

    One of the simplest and easiest ways to report an incident of bullying in school, is to visit the Hopkins County Schools' webpage and click on the Safety Tipline, Online Prevention logo.  Or, simply click on the link below ...