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. There are 4 types of bullying:
- Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things.
- Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships
- Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions.
- Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets.
Children with disabilities—such as physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities—are at an increased risk of being bullied. One reason children and young adults with special needs might be at higher risk for bullying is lack of peer support. Children with special needs may have difficulty getting around the school, trouble communicating and navigating social interactions, or may show signs of vulnerability and emotional distress. These challenges can make them be perceived as different, and increase their risk of aggression from peers, having friends who are respected by peers can prevent and protect against bullying.
Your actions make a difference and we can help create a world without bullying. Did you know that 95% of AFK mentors reported that as a result of their service they gained compassion for others and their needs? AFK mentors choose kindness today and every day.
For all, here are some resources dedicated to educating on bullying and helping victims of bullying.
Resources by StopBullying.gov:
Resources by Our School Districts:
PACER National Bullying Prevention Center
Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change to prevent childhood bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities, and online.