Having trouble distinguishing the difference between bullying and a simple act of aggression or even a minor misunderstanding? In this unit we will discuss what bullying and cyberbullying is and how they are defined. We take a look at how to determine if bullying is occurring or if this is just a one time situation and we explore the history of combating bullying. We also check in with our case study and use it to give an example of how bullying can get started.
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Bullying and cyberbullying have become a serious problem that is finally being talked about more openly. Nevertheless, many parents are unaware of its scale. We invite you to familiarize yourself with the surprising and eye-opening statistics on bullying.
The ability to recognize aggressive behavior is one of the basic weapons in the parents' anti-bullying arsenal. After reviewing our video material, you will be able to distinguish physical bullying from verbal and relational bullying. Our worksheet will help you consolidate and use this knowledge.
Try to identify behaviour which may indicate bullying according to you (try to distinguish it from an ordinary misunderstanding or conflict situation).
When Peter wants to say something regarding a lesson, the other students interrupt him now and again, they make fun of him. Is it bullying?
It is bullying as the classmates’ behaviour indicates that similar, humiliating situations already happened in the past.
When talking with a teacher, Jack describes a situation which took place during a match. Tom does not agree with that, interrupts him and tells his own version of the story. Is it bullying?
It should not be considered as bullying as nothing indicates the sustainability of the conflict nor Tom’s motivation to cause harm.
Nobody wants to sit at one table with Jacob at the school cafeteria. When he sits at other students’ tables, they ostentatiously change tables. Is it bullying?
That would be bullying, mental abuse resulting in the rejection of a person by a group of peers.
Monica’s school locker is constantly being taped with some insulting words. Is it bullying?
It is bullying as the behaviour is long-term and is aimed at causing damage to the victim’s psyche.
Joanna gets phone calls from an anonymous person every day. During the conversation she is offended and then the caller hangs up. Is it bullying?
That should be regarded as bullying as the offender’s actions clearly indicate that his/her aim is to hurt the girl by using mental violence.
Sandra gets a phone call. It is her classmate who yells at her and insults her because she thinks that Sandra stole her boyfriend. This situation happened for the first time and Sandra is quite surprised with it. Is it bullying?
It is just an ordinary conflict, and not bullying as it does not have the long-lasting factor.
Maggie does not speak to Ann, because she feels angry at her after a heated conversation about her favourite singer. Is it bullying?
It should not be treated as bullying as none of the girls intend to harm the other one.
Maggie still does not speak to Ann, she makes fun of her in a group of friends and she demands them to break all relations with Ann. Is it bullying?
That is bullying as the situation is becoming long-lasting and intended on causing mental harm by excluding Ann from a group.
Paul recorded Kate, his classmate, changing clothes in a locker room on his mobile phone. The film was used then to blackmail her and when she did not react in any way, he published it on the Internet. Is it bullying?
That should be considered as bullying as Paul used Kate’s lack of agreement to film her (which contains some elements of sexual violence) and then tried to make fun of her.
Oscar’s work was given a better mark by a teacher. Sebastian is angry about it. He offends Oscar and leaves the classroom. The situation does not happen again yet the relation between friends gets cooler. Is it bullying?
That is not bullying as nothing indicates the motivation to harm the other person long-lastingly.
After Oscar’s work was given a better mark by a teacher, Sebastian provokes other students to seclude him. Nobody wants to spend time with him, some false gossips on his sexual orientation start. Is it bullying?
That should be considered as bullying. Sebastian’s behaviour, followed by the whole group, is aimed at seeking revenge and the will to cause mental harm.
Carol is often absent from school as she gets ill very often. For that reason, she does not have many friends and the children do not spend time with her willingly. Is it bullying?
That situation should not be noted as bullying. Proper interference of a teacher and parents may solve the situation. Classmates do not know Carol so it is hard for her to join any group formed naturally within the class – especially if the girl is shy and making contact with other peers is problematic for her.
Damian is often pranked by his classmates. During one of the lessons, a group of students pulled down his pants, and the video of the incident went viral. Is it bullying?
That is bullying as it shows long-lasting behaviour aimed at causing mental damage with some features of sexual violence as well.