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Bullying and Teasing

Bullying and teasing are not funny. In fact, they often make you cry; words can hurt. Teasing is part of life and something most of us have suffered through. As a mother, it breaks my heart when my child comes home from school upset because someone decided to tease him about his cloths or skin color. Teasing escalates into bullying when it occurs repeatedly and deliberately.

Get your tissues ready because this video brought tears to my eyes. Many of you may already be familiar with this story about a thirteen year old boy named Nadin Khoury who was bullied by 7 classmates. Please note: this YouTube video contains violent content. While this story has a happy ending, not all children are so fortunate.

What is Bullying?

When a stronger child repeatedly preys on a weaker child with the intent to cause physical or emotional harm or to intimidate. Read More …

Types of Bullying

There are four types of bullying: physical, verbal, psychological and cyber bullying. Read More …

How to Deal With Bullying

1 out of 4 school-age children are estimated to be involved in bullying, either as the bully or the victim. Bullying can occur as early as preschool.

What should a child do when she witnesses bullying?

Often times a bystander feels relief when they are not the victim of bullying. They also may experience sadness about the unfortunate situation. Talk with your child about bullying and encourage the following actions.

  1. Do not be silent.
  2. Do not laugh. It’s not funny.
  3. Make the victim feel included and invite him to play.
  4. Talk to the victim and let her know that you do not agree with the mean behavior.
  5. Make friends with any child who is not being treated fairly.
  6. Tell an adult.


Bullying can occur in the form of physical abuse, e.g., hitting someone, verbal, e.g., name calling or written via an electronic device. Spreading embarrassing or threatening information on an electronic device, e.g., computer or cell phone, is a growing concern. Bullying is a lose –lose scenario; no one wins. Bullies lack empathy which can be [...]

Consider incorporating an anti-bullying pledge and rules in your school. At the beginning of the school year, have an assembly and review the rules and pledge with each student. Post the following rules in each classroom. We will: Not bully. Help Others. Include everyone. Tell an adult. Source: ttp://www.thebullyplan.com Follow in Prince George’s County Public [...]

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which one or more children intentionally and repeatedly harass another child. Bullying causes another person discomfort; typically a bully teases, hurts or threatens a smaller or weaker child who has trouble standing up for him or herself and does absolutely nothing to provoke the bullying. If your [...]

Bullies make other children feel afraid and embarrassed. A bully wisely selects her victim and then proceeds to harass or intimidate a weaker child. Girls are more likely to resort to indirect bullying (e.g., excluding someone from a group) and boys are more likely to use direct or physical bullying (e.g., tripping someone). A bully [...]

Both of my children attended a “debug” class when they were in both kindergarten and first grade. The purpose of this training is to equip children with a series of steps they can use to solve problems when another child is “bugging” them. The DeBug System assists children in establishing boundaries, becoming assertive and promoting [...]

Bullying occurs when one or more children deliberately and repeatedly harm another child. Bullies prey on weaker children with the intent to physically hurt, emotionally harm or to intimidate. They wisely choose their victims, selecting individuals who will typically not fight back. Bullying can be motivated by personal characteristics such as race, gender, body shape, [...]