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Understanding Bullying

Understanding Bullying

This interactive, 8-part course will help staff understand the four types of bullying (relational, physical, verbal and cyberbullying); identify the warning signs, and be prepared to combat bullying in schools.

Understanding Bullying will help users explore many topics including:

  • The Link Between Parenting Styles and Bullying.
  • Cyberbullying and Sexting.
  • Bullying as a Catalyst to School Shootings.
  • Bullying as a Catalyst to Suicide.


Of students in grades 4-8 have been harrassed


Of students don’t report bullying


Students skip school each day because of bullying
Most adults don’t know what to do when they see bullying

If left unaddressed, bullying can affect the physical, emotional and psychological well being of children – now and in the future. The effects of internalizing pain as a result of bullying can make kids moody, withdrawn, anxious and prone to appetite changes. These can hinder long-term academic scores or even lead to obesity, depression and/or suicide. In extreme cases, the externalized pain from bullying can lead to violence. With immediate action through education, your staff can better prevent, recognize and resolve bullying quickly.

How to Stop Bullying

What happens at home spills into school. The course details the four different parenting styles and how they impact children’s behavior at school. One style that utilizes open communication between parents and their children is the only one that’s not linked to bullying behaviors.

Your school may not have any say in parenting style or what happens off school grounds, but it can stop bullying by creating a climate of acceptance where both staff and students embrace individual differences. It’s also critical that they understand the impact of bullying and are empowered to act when they see it happening.

Other Types of Bullying

In addition to cyberbullying, the course also outlines these other three types of bullying, as well as possible causes, visible signs and unique responses to each of them.

Physical Bullying

Attacking someone’s body through actions such as hitting, kicking, punching, slapping or anything that hurts.

Relational Bullying

Trying to ruin someone’s relationships through actions such as leaving them out, gossiping, spreading rumors, withdrawing friendship, or not inviting an individual to join the group at lunch.

Verbal Bullying

Harming someone with negative words or comments such as insults, nicknames, cuss words, or other terms the target can hear.

Common Questions On School Bullying

Bullying is a complex issue that’s rooted in years of behavior, and it can affect both the victim and the bully for years to come. The sooner schools fully understand what bullying is, and can prevent and/or respond to it when they see it, the better students – and schools – will be.

Your school can stop bullying and create a climate of acceptance where both staff and students embrace individual differences. It’s critical that staff understand the impact of bullying and are empowered to act when they see it happening.

Does Bullying Cause School Violence?

Though numerous agencies have stated there is no single profile of a school shooter, there are many overlapping themes (emotional or behavioral issues, feelings of injustice and/or hopelessness, idolizing previous shooters, etc.). Bullying leads to internalizing and/or externalizing pain, which makes it a catalyst that leads to these outcomes. Some survivors reference bullying as a factor, and even hear the shooter mention it during the incident.

There are also specific contributing school climate factors that demonstrate the link between school shootings and bullying. These factors include schools where bullying situations are not addressed or taken seriously by teachers, and when students and staff are intolerant of those who do not fit society’s expectation of what is normal.

What Makes a Child Become a Bully?

When children lack appropriate role models at home, or they experience negative parenting styles, they can become a bully. They can learn the behavior from an authoritarian parent who’s hostile and aggressive, and seek a sense of control by bullying other students. Or, a child experiences permissive parenting (where they’re given no rules) and lacks empathy – they are free to emote, even if they hurt others. Children who use alcohol, drugs and cigarettes are more likely to be involved in bullying, too.

To better understand bullying in your district and inform your teachers and staff how to prevent it from happening and respond best when it does – contact us for more information on our Understanding Bullying eLearning. Let’s talk!

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