Guide to Bullying

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What is Bullying?

Bullying is a form of intimidation often used by someone as a show of power and to bend the other person to their will. Bullying may involve direct threats such as physical abuse or stealing money or indirect threats such as spreading false information and damaging someone's reputation.

Whatever form bullying takes, it can have serious psychological and mental repercussions on both the victim and the perpetrator. The person bullying may be suffering from a trauma or insecurity of his own and see bullying as a form of release. And the one being victimized by bullies may suffer from fear, anger and insecurities his entire life.

No matter which way you look at it, bullying in school or in the workplace is harmful to everyone and measures must be taken to stop it. attempts to eliminate the practice of bullying by educating parents, kids, teachers and organizations about the negative effects of the practice. They offer multimedia presentations on the topic as well as invite people to take an online course. They have sections especially geared towards kids and teens to help them raise awareness of the practice and suggestions on how to action to prevent it.

Stop Bullying: Stop Bullying is an official US Government website dedicated to stopping bullying. It contains resources directed at students, kids, teens, young adults, parents and educators.

What is Bullying? PBS Kids attempts to explain the concept of bullying and the various forms it may take in teen-friendly language. It also offers interactive games, advice and discussion forums to help teens discuss bullying that they may be exposed to.

American Psychological Association on Bullying: The American Psychological Association breaks down information about bullying into fact sheets and government data, proactive steps to prevent and counter bullying, and news about psychological problems as a result of bullying.

National Institute of Health on Bullying: The National Institute of Health provides very comprehensive information about bullying diagnosis, symptoms, screening, preventing, coping and specific conditions such as fear and apathy as a result of bullying. It also provides information about clinical trials about aggression in children, research and journal articles on bullying, organizations and legal parameters for victims of bullying and finally, games aimed to control bullies.

Kids Against Bullying: This website by the National Bullying Prevention Center is aimed at kids in order to help them identify and stop bullying acts they see around them. The site,

Children's Services Norfolk on Bullying This website discusses the roles of various people kids, young adults, parents, teachers, schools, community members to deal with bullying.

Types of Bullying

Bullying may take so many forms and shapes that there is no one definitive guide on the various types of buying tactics. However, researchers have identified many types of bullying according to where they occur and in what form they are practiced. Bullying types may range from school bullying to workplace bullying to cyber bullying. It may take the form of theft, threats and aggression.

Harassment vs Workplace Bullying: Excellent table differentiating the two practices in legal terms. Also gives references to the Sex Discrimination Act, Race Discrimination Act and the Disabilities Discrimination Act.

PowerPoint Presentations on Bullying: Free downloadable PowerPoint resources for kids, teachers and parents on bullying, how to stop it and articles on cyber-bullying.

Bully Busters: With a don't suffer in silence motto, this site helps identify four different types of bullying tactics, with a special emphasis on technological or internet bullying as being one of the most dangerous.

Types of Bullying: Oracle Think Quest library has a great resource on the six different types of bullying ranging from physical, verbal, indirect, social, intimidation and cyber bullying. They discuss the characteristics of each and how to spot them.

How to Deal with Bullies

The effects of bullying are deep and often long-lasting for the victim. Gone are the days when bullying was treated as a normal part of school or workplace adjustments; psychologists now recognize identify and treat bullying as a serious mental issue. Here are some resources which help in understanding bullying and eliminate it.

Dealing with Bullies [for Kids]: Written from the perspective of pre-adolescent school children this site aims to explain to bully victims why they are being bullied, how to take charge of their anger, and how to effectively deal with peer pressure.

Teaching Expertise on Bullying: An excellent resource for teachers that focuses on: cyber bullying, racial tensions, identity-based bullying, anti-bullying school policies, and articles on how teachers should respond to various bullying situations.

Bully Blocking: Developed by Australian psychologist, Evelyn M. Field, this website contains information about Evelyn's unique social survival skills model based on her own experiences of bullying. Evelyn has also written several books based on Bullying at the Workplace, and Bully Blocking (for children). Her information is aimed at teens, parents, organizations and health professionals.

Bullying Music Video: If you're looking for a more visual medium to communicate the horrors of bullying and their impact, look no further than MishMash's video set to a music showing a case of bullying at school. In the filmmaker's own words This film shows how teenagers & kids get pushed to the edge by bullies to the point of snapping. Bullying is a global issue that hurts everyone.

Slim Goodbody's Life Skills Activities for Teachers: Slim Goodbody presents a resource directory for K-8 teachers and parents; his website contains activities to prevent bullying and information on how to deal with it if it happens in your school. His life skills activities specialize in content focused on communication, anger management, and self-esteem issues.

Anti-Bullying Network: The anti-bullying networks aims to provide 'training, publications and consultancy services' to young adults, communities, and the workforce. They attempt to help people through bullying by showing real-life bullying scenarios and asking the reader to pick a course of action or look up more information.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC): ERIC's repository of information on bullying tactics and prevention is contained in multiple research reports, journals and quantitative data. You can download some of their information for free from this site.

Bullying. No Way! Australia education authorities have developed the 'Bullying. No Way!' website for use by the government, and Australian school communities. The site contains activities, resources, discussion space, solutions, legal recourse and more for students, parents and teachers.

Department for Education on Bullying: UK's Department for Education contains articles, facts sheets and advice for schools on how to deal with the problems of bullying. The site contains articles, FAQs, news, press releases and statutory guidance in the case of bullying.

Bullying Stats: This site contains some interesting statistics on the state of bullying in UK schools and institutions.



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