School Bullying

By Rebecca Ray

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In today’s school environment students are facing new challenges. Besides keeping their grades up, balancing their home and social life, there are a growing number of students who are worried about being bullied.

Here at StoryboardThat 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 it helps students see the effects 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.”

The Four Types of Bullying

Physical bullying

Physical bullying includes person to person contact. Examples of this include shoving, tripping, kicking, and hitting. Sometimes this can appear playful however if this is done at inappropriate times or without the consent of the individual being targeted.

Verbal bullying

Verbal actions done directly to a person such as name calling, insulting, teasing, intimidating, or making homophobic or racist remarks are forms of verbal abuse.

Covert bullying

The term covert bullying refers to actions done behind a person’s back. It is done with the sole purpose to ruin a person’s reputation and cause humiliation. Examples of covert bullying include:

  • Spreading rumors or generating lies about a person
  • Making negative movements with body language
  • Glaring at someone
  • Playing jokes that embarrass and humiliate a person
  • Mimicking someone in an unflattering way
  • Convincing others to disassociate with someone


Cyberbullying can be either evidently or secretly carried out. Cyberbullying is using technology devices such as a mobile phone or a social media or private website to deliberately target someone. Negative posts on social media and direct contact via text messaging are two of the most common forms of Cyberbullying.

What Types of People are Bullied?

There are no specific reasons why people bully and there are no particular people who are bullied. It can happen to anyone. However, the most important thing is that if you see it or if it’s happening to you know it’s not your fault and tell someone.

Quick Statistics on Bullying

Did you know that 80% of students online have encountered bullying online? That means for every 100 students online 80 of them have either been a person who has been bullied, been the person who has bullied or been a by-stander.

Did you know that the most common form of bullying is verbal and that it affects 77% of students? Learn more bullying statistics at -

Signs That Someone is Being Bullied

Being bullied takes a huge impact on students and leads to seriously negative side effects. Kids who are bullied can experience depression or anxiety as part of mental health effects, physical health complications, and do worst in school.

Here are some changes you might notice with a child who is being bullied.
Emotional Physical Behavioral
  • Frequent tears of anger
  • Mood swings
  • Becomes withdrawn
  • Becomes aggressive and unreasonable
  • Feels ill as a pattern and doesn’t want to go to school
  • Has unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches
  • Comes home with missing or damaged belongings or clothes
  • School grades begin to fall
  • Continually 'loses' money or starts stealing
  • Refuses to talk about what is wrong
  • Begins to target siblings

Addressing Bullying

If You See Someone Being Bullied

Bullying is not a victimless crime, you should know your efforts can make a positive impact. If you see bullying you should stop it, you have the power to stand up. When someone close to you is being bullied, there are many steps to take to help resolve the situation. Be more than a bystander, if you can help someone deal with bullying you will have done a wonderful act of kindness to a friend, acquaintance, or stranger. Here are some ways you can help someone who is being affected by bullying:

4 Things You Can do if someone is Being Bullied

  1. Listen: Let the person who has been bullied speak.
  2. Remind: Remind the person who has been bullied that it is not their fault, and they did not do anything to bring on this behavior.
  3. Get informed: Get and Give advice, talk about ways to proceed, what steps you should take, and be sensible.
  4. Tell someone: Inform the school or in extreme cases call the police.

If You Are Being Bullied

If you are being bullied, you can take steps to improve your situation by reaching out to those you trust. The most important advice you should remember is that no one can make you feel a certain way only you have the choice how others affect you. Never lose hope or give up, life will get better!

4 Things you can do if you’re Being Bullied

  1. Reach out: Tell someone, ask friends, adults, teachers, and parents.
  2. Don’t Retaliate: Stay calm and confident, use neutral language, and walk away.
  3. Help Make Change Happen: Raise awareness, start a club or antibullying campaign.
  4. Remember: No one has the right to bully you!

If You Are a Child Who Bullied(s)

If you are angry and take it out on others and don’t know why, there are ways to stop. If you are or even think, you are a child that bullies speak to someone you trust and get help. Many times bullying is a result of not understanding the impact of our actions, here are ways to identify if you have bullied someone:

4 Ways to Tell if You Are a Child That Bullies

  1. Does it make you feel better when you hurt others or take things from them?
  2. Do you use your size and strength to get your way or take advantage of others?
  3. Have you been bullied by someone in the past and you take revenge on others because of it?
  4. Do you avoid thinking about people’s feelings especially when you say or do hurtful things to them?

Teaching about Bullying

In a positive worldwide trend more and more countries are requiring that e-safety is taught in schools. In the US many states have adopted both laws and policies in anti-bullying efforts. For great tips and information visit

4 Great ways to Teach about Bullying, Tolerance, & E-safety

  1. Use Storyboards to depict ‘role play’ activities of bullying. Use analogies such as fables they can work from like, The Three Little Pigs or Little Red Riding Hood.
  2. Bring in a Guest Speaker to your school!
  3. Teach using web tools such as Edutopia, BrainPOP, and Common Sense Media
  4. Through school wide programs and clubs such as Peer Leadership, SADD, and GSA.

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