What is Bullying?
Bullying is when someone intentionally does or says something to hurt another person. This behaviour is often repetitive and deliberate. Bullying can take many forms such as:
- Physical Bullying - Hitting, slapping, shoving, tripping, spitting, throwing objects, blocking someone’s path; damaging, stealing or withholding someone’s property
- Verbal Bullying - Insults, teasing, racism, threats, hurtful jokes
- Social Bullying - Excluding someone from an activity or group, ignoring someone, talking about someone negatively behind their back, spreading rumours
- Cyberbullying - Using technology such as cell phones and the internet to blackmail, threaten, intimidate, insult, spread rumours, post private/humiliating images or videos
Recognize the Signs
Warning signs that someone is being bullied can include:
- Withdrawal from activities
- Unexplained injuries
- Difficulty concentrating
- Biological symptoms –pain, decreased appetite, difficulty sleeping
- Signs of depression or anxiety
See "Stop Bullying Tips for Parents" for more information on recognizing the signs and what to do if you suspect your child is being bullied.
Protect Yourself & Others
Everyone has a role to play in stopping bullying. Choose not to ignore it, take a stand, and report bullying to police or a school official. Students attending school in Surrey can report bullying anonymously at www.psst-bc.ca. Crimes such as assault or threats should be reported to the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.
Use the Gawk-Talk-Walk-Block approach:
- Gawk - Show confident body language by being calm, standing up tall, and making eye contact with the bully.
- Talk – Tell the bully that what they are doing bothers you.
- Walk – Walk away or end the chat/thread after you’ve stood your ground.
- Block – Plan safe routes, avoid unsupervised areas, and choose not to associate with bullies.
Remember – it gets better. The Surrey RCMP Youth Unit championed a video sharing the stories of police officers – their fears, struggles and how it got better for them. View the "It Gets Better" video.
- Youth in BC
- ERASE Bullying
- RCMP Centre for Youth Crime Prevention
- WITS Program
- Kids Help Phone
- Stop A Bully
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