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In today’s school environment, students are facing new challenges. Besides keeping their grades up, balancing extracurriculars with home and social life, there are a growing number of students who are worried about being bullied.
Here at Storyboard That, we believe every student should have the right to a quality education, free of intimidation. We have found, and teachers have told us, that by using Storyboards to create role-playing scenarios students can better see the effects and characteristics of bullying. Through interactive lessons, you can help change student mindsets from “bullying is a problem” to “bullying is a problem, and I can do something about it.”
Physical bullying includes person to person contact. Examples of this include shoving, tripping, kicking, and hitting. Sometimes this can be difficult to distinguish from rough play, but if it is at inappropriate times or if not everyone involved is comfortable, it may be bullying.
Cyberbullying can be either openly or secretly carried out. Cyberbullying uses technology and devices like social media, private websites, or mobile phones to deliberately target someone. Negative posts on social media and direct contact via text messaging are two of the most common forms of cyberbullying.
Bullying can happen to anyone. The most important thing for students to understand is that it isn’t their fault and they should tell someone if they or someone they know is being bullied.
Quick Statistics on Bullying
Did you know that 80% of students online have encountered bullying online? For every five students online four of them have either been bullied, bullied someone else, or been a bystander observing the bullying.
The most common form of bullying is verbal bullying and it and affects 77% of students. Learn more bullying statistics at - www.bullyingstatistics.org.
Signs That Someone is Being Bullied
Being bullied takes a huge impact on students and leads to seriously negative side effects. Students who are bullied can experience depression or anxiety, other mental health effects, physical health complications, and may suffer academically.
Here are some changes you might notice with a child who is being bullied.
Frequent tears or anger
Becomes aggressive and unreasonable
Pattern of feeling ill and and not wanting to attend school
Has unexplained bruises, cuts, and/or scratches
Comes home with missing or damaged belongings or clothes