Bullying is a serious problem among school aged children, and with the dawn of social media, cyberbullying is on the rise. One of the reasons I started Empowered Girls Rise was to educate girls to form communities of purpose and to have positive women role models on the internet. I also wanted to give girls a safe space where they can share their feelings and not be judged. You can watch the discussion live here.
Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or percieved power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
Some bullying behaviors include, but are not limited to, making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, excluding on purpose etc.
In my live discussion, I shared a story of one of my students who was bullied relentlessly as a child by the whole class and a teacher. This is had long term effects on her because she is wary of teachers and her absence rate is high. For an adult to bully a child is unfathomable to me.
There are 3 types of bullying- but I added a 4th
1. Verbal- teasing, sexual comments
2. Social- damaging one's reputation or relationships, spreading rumors, embarrassing someone on purpose
3. Physical- hurting a person's body or possessions
4. Cyberbullying- a permanent public record of whatever is posted to damage a person's reputation or relationships.
I also shared in my live video the story of Megan Meier and how it became pivotal to how bullying is looked at online. My advice is if you would not say it to someone's face because it is not kind, then it should not be put online!
Feel free to check out the live discussion and comment below.