The Center for Disease Control Department of Education (CDC) released the first federal uniform definition of bullying in 2014. The Definition: Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Below are some local statistics and information on what to do stop bullying.
Local Statistics in Nebraska
According to the Youth Risk Behavioral Survey 2013 (YRBS):
- 24.9 % of female and 17% of male youth reported to have been bullied on school property.
- 22.2% of female and 9.7% of male youth reported to have been bullied electronically through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites, or texting.
What to Do If You’re Bullied
There are things you can do if you are being bullied:
- Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.
- If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.
Stop Bullying on the Spot
Adults should respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior. It will send the message that bullying is not acceptable. There are simple steps adults can take to stop bullying on the spot and keep kids safe.
- Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help.
- Separate the kids involved.
- Make sure everyone is safe.
- Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
- Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders.
- Model respectful behavior when you intervene.
The Behavior needs to be Addressed
- Young people who bully must learn their behavior is wrong and harms others. Adults need to make sure the child knows what the problem behavior is.
- Show kids that bullying is taken seriously and not tolerated.