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What is bullying?

Many children have a good idea of what bullying is because they see it every day! Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending themselves. So, everyone needs to get involved to help stop it.

Bullying is wrong! It is behaviour that makes the person being bullied feel afraid or uncomfortable. There are many ways that young people bully each other, even if they don't realize it at the time. Some of these include:

  • Punching, shoving and other acts that hurt people physically
  • Spreading bad rumours about people
  • Keeping certain people out of a group
  • Teasing people in a mean way
  • Getting certain people to "gang up" on others

The four most common types of bullying are:

Verbal bullying - name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to one's culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual comments.

Social Bullying - mobbing, scapegoating, excluding others from a group, humiliating others with public gestures or graffiti intended to put others down.

Physical Bullying - hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted sexual touching.

Cyber Bullying - using the internet or text messaging to intimidate, put-down, spread rumours or make fun of someone.

©2006 Media Awareness Network. www.media-awareness.ca. Adapted with permission.

Source: Government of Alberta

To This Day is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan called “To This Day”, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have.

Please click here to watch the video or visit www.shanekoyczan.com for more information.

york region anti-bullying

The York Region Anti-Bullying Coalition is a non-profit advocacy organization to assist parents in navigating the complex school system when trying to find answers. They strive for a school system that will foster equality among all students, a mutual respect for one another, and a culture of fairness void of racism and violence. Visit their website for more information on bullying, resources and upcoming community events.