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 BULLYING

Bullying is an everyday occurrence for many children.

  • Bullying occurs in school playgrounds every 7 minutes and once every 25 minutes in class.

Bullying is a serious act that has immediate and long-term consequences for a child who is being bullied.

  • Victims often report low self-esteem, likely because of repeated exposure to victimization. Both boys and girls who are victimized, report symptoms of depression, such as sadness and a loss of interest in activities.

Children who are bullied are usually afraid to speak out. They fear that the bullying will get worse if they tell, and they are ashamed of their status as victims.

  • Victims often keep their problems a secret: They feel they should handle bullying themselves; they worry about the bully’s revenge or other children’s disapproval: and/or they think that adults can do little to help them.

 
 

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Bullying is NOT - pre-wired, harmless, or inevitable;
Bullying IS - learned, harmful, and controllable;
Bullying SPREADS - if supported or left unchecked;
Bullying INVOLVES - everyone—bullies, victims, and bystanders;
Bullying CAN BE - effectively stopped or entirely prevented.
 
 
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BELONGING

Children need to know that they are important and that they belong.
  • Children and youth need to know that they are accepted for who they are. They should know that what they do can make a difference. When they feel accepted and loved by the important people in their lives, they feel comfortable, safe and secure, and open to communication.
The feeling of belonging, in the widest sense, contributes to inner well-being, security, and identity.
  • Children who have stronger feelings of belonging also report stronger physical and psychological well-being. This is also positively linked to a child’s higher level of self-esteem.
The sense of belonging is something that needs to be promoted, enforced, taught and fostered on a daily basis.
  • When there is an ongoing effort to promote acceptance and a sense of belonging in all young people, negative behaviors amongst young people are often are reduced.
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