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Bullying and cyberbullying

Bullying and cyberbullying

Bullying: An Overview

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Bullying – we've all seen it. Some of us have been targets. Some of us have been part of it. Some of us have even instigated it and led it repeatedly.

What is bullying?

Bullying is any repeated act of aggression toward another person. Bullies like to exert power over others. Bullying among teens and preteens is often physical but can also take numerous other forms.

Types of bullying

Some ways in which bullying can take place will include the following types:

Physical bullying

Physical bullying can include any physical aggression such as hitting, pinching, poking, unwanted sexual touching or destroying property or belongings.

Verbal bullying

Verbal bullying, which can include name-calling, teasing, rumour-mongering, threats and any negative references to children's culture, skin colour, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Any unwanted sexual comments are also a form of verbal bullying.

Social bullying

Social bullying takes many forms: exclusion, shunning, humiliating others in front of others, including through physical abuse.

Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying is any use of the Internet to denigrate others, including the creation of websites and Facebook pages, intimidating text messaging, spreading rumours or making fun of someone.

Bullying of LGBT

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Bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) teens is particularly troublesome and nefarious and has been shown to be as tragic as any other form. In late 2010, this issue rose to the forefront of the North American consciousness with several high profile suicides of teens and young people who had been bullied in relation to their sexuality. In response to the epidemic of bullycides, the campaign for It Gets Better received wide media attention.

Other important resources on the web:

Bullying.org/
Safe Schools and respect (from the government of Ontario)
Cybertip.ca
Myths about bullying (from the government of Alberta)
  Wired Safety
Wired Kids
Stop Text Bullying
Stop Cyberbullying

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