What does bullying look like?
Making unwanted contact with a person’s physical body.
Using online networks to harass, threaten, and embarrass others.
Any form of isolation, gossip, spreading rumours, or exclusion.
Using words to insult, criticize, or threaten another person.
Who is involved?
Bystanders include everyone who is witness to any type of bullying. You can choose to be a helpful or a hurtful bystander in how you act and respond.
A hurtful bystander may laugh, encourage, and participate by continuing to bully someone.
A helpful bystander may intervene, support the person being bullied, and get help from a trusted adult.
May face situations where they are the person who has aggression used against them so they in turn bully to have power over someone else.
May appear to be different or in a weaker position because of characteristics, backgrounds, or peer groups.
"We had someone come and talk to our school about bullying and a lot of what they were saying made me think about the way that someone in my class was being treated..."
"He was excluded from playing soccer at lunch and people talked about him behind his back.
I realized that even though I may not be doing those things, I still see it and I can help.
I decided to be a positive bystander and talked to someone about it. They helped to make sure everyone was kind and inclusive."
What to look for?
Do you think someone is being bullied? Here are signs to look for:
- Does not like school.
- Has no to few friends.
Is quiet, gloomy, or lacks focus.
- Is difficult or argumentative.
Has unexplained injuries.
Has low self-esteem.
- Gets frustrated easily.
How Can I Help?
Take action to keep everyone safe, know you are not alone!
There are many people who care about your safety. By reporting unsafe behaviour to trusted adults, such as parents, teachers, and counsellors, bullies are given consequences to match their behaviour.
You may think bullies will threaten you if you speak up; but if you don’t speak up, how will it stop?
Want to know more?
Expect respect and a safe education. Learn about the different types of bullying and how to get help.erasebullying.ca
Bullying.org is dedicated to helping prevent and eliminate bullying.bullying.org
Need Help Now
If you (or a friend, peer or sibling) have been involved in a self/peer incident (otherwise known as “sexting”), this site guides you through the steps you can take.needHelpNow.ca