What is Bullying?
On the surface, people may think this behavior is easy to define. To some, any negative behavior is bullying: one mean comment, one rude action. The truth of the matter is that bullying isn't easy to define, and every negative behavior isn't bullying.
The Definition of Bullying:
- Intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive; AND
- An actual or perceived imbalance of power exists between the student engaging in the prohibited conduct and the target of the prohibited conduct, and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern; OR
- Materially and substantially interferes with a student's educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services, or privileges.
Simply put, bullying is:
- When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it - even when you tell them to stop or show them that you're upset
Bullying is Not:
- When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once - that's being rude
- When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once - that's being mean
- When two students are in conflict (in conflict, children self-monitor their behavior and generally stop when they realize they are hurting someone)