Have you ever seen someone being bullied?
Can you tell the difference between teasing, arguing and bullying?
Do you know what bullying is?
Bullying is when a person or a group of people insults, humiliates or excludes someone, hits or threatens them, or steals or breaks something of theirs. Bullying can be done to someone’s face or behind their back, on the Web, through text messaging or on the phone. It’s no accident; nor is it teasing or joking, because it’s no laughing matter. It’s not just bickering or some disagreement between friends that ends and is soon forgotten. It happens over and over again. When someone’s being bullied, they can feel afraid and alone. They feel powerless and defenceless around the person, or persons, hurting them. And they don’t know how to make the bullying stop.
It has been shown that witnesses are present in 88% of bullying episodes and that bullying stops in under 10 seconds in two thirds of the situations in which a peer intervenes directly.
(Hawkins, Pepler and Craig, 2001)
Do you know what violence is?
Violence is the use of force with the intent to hurt someone. It can take many forms: it can be verbal (insults, yelling); written (text messages, e-mails, etc.); physical (hitting, injuring); psychological (threatening or putting someone down, gossiping, excluding someone); material (stealing or breaking something belonging to another person); or sexual (language or behaviour that is inappropriate, embarrassing, humiliating, etc.). Violence, when it occurs, is no accident. Someone can be attacked for many reasons: the perpetrator may want to make his or her friends laugh, gain social status, or frighten, threaten or dominate another person.
Acts of violence can traumatize not only the victims, but witnesses and peers as well. Violence can be experienced as outright aggression or threats, or as actions intended to dominate, oppress or even cause physical harm. There are also different degrees of violence, each of which can harm an individual physically, socially, materially and psychologically, or undermine his or her rights and freedoms.
You must NEVER tolerate violence or bullying! You have to tell someone!!
Speak up! Get involved in stopping violence and bullying.
Did you know that in June 2012 the Québec government passed a law to prevent and stop bullying and violence in schools?
What to do if you witness an act of violence or bullying.
If you witness an act of violence or bullying, you can either help the victim or make the situation worse. Act responsibly!
Standing by and simply doing nothing will only encourage the perpetrator, who will take your inaction as a sign of approval.
You must act quickly to put a stop to the situation. Tell an adult about it, or ask the perpetrator to stop if you think you can count on the support of other witnesses.
Comfort the victim. Show the person that you are there for them, that you’re on their side, and that you don’t agree with what has happened to them. Invite them to join you and your friends.
You must not remain silent or encourage the perpetrator. Your action is important for the victim and you can be proud that you stepped in to help.
Reporting an act of violence or bullying doesn’t make you a “snitch.”
A “snitch” is someone who tells on another person either to hurt him or her, or to gain some advantage. When you tell an adult that a peer or a friend is a victim of violence or bullying, YOU ARE HELPING THAT PERSON.
If you feel safe doing so, SPEAK UP!
- If you feel safe, speak to the perpetrator.
- Do not encourage the perpetrator.
You can, at any time, speak to someone in the principal’s office or a person you trust in order to report an incident of violence or bullying.