The longer a child or youth is bullied, the more likely they are to develop physical, emotional, and psychological scars that can last a lifetime. Bullying can be devastating, leaving children and teens withdrawn, shy, and insecure. They frequently suffer stomach aches, headaches, panic attacks, and nightmares. They can become unable to sleep – or may sleep too much. They often do poorly in school due to loss of focus and confidence or erratic attendance as they try to escape bullies. When unrelenting, bullying can lead the child or youth to take their own lives. Bullying also hurts bystanders, who may become fearful that they will also be victimized.  (Taken from bullyingcanada.ca)

Bullying causes serious harm.
Children and teens do not grow out of bullying.
Bullying affects the majority of our children and youth.
We are not doing enough to protect Canadian youth.
Reporting bullying is an effective way to stop the violence.
Fighting back makes the bullying worse.
Bullying happens wherever children or youth gather to live, learn, or play .
Bullying can occur within the family or the family home.
Peers play a major role in bullying – by either escalating or stopping it.
Bullying is a human rights issue – one of safety and inclusion.

Types of Bullying

Bullying can affect a person’s feelings, relationships, self-esteem and sense of safety. It can also make people feel uncomfortable in everyday situations at home, work or school. Bullying can come in many different forms.  The types below come from Kids Help Phone Canada.

PHYSICAL BULLYING

Harassing someone by hitting, shoving, tripping or any other use of physical force.

EMOTIONAL or PSYCHOLOGICAL BULLYING

Harassing someone with verbal attacks, hurtful comments, name-calling or teasing.

CYBERBULLYING

Harassing someone over social media, text, email, websites and other digital channels.

SOCIAL BULLYING

Harassing someone by excluding them, spreading rumours or giving them “the silent treatment.”

DISCRIMINATORY BULLYING

harassing someone based on sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, religion or anything else perceived as making them “different.”

Links to help you

Prevnet

What teens need to know!

Kids Help Phone

Info about bullying!

Online Support

Bullying Canada

BullyingCanada is Canada’s only national organization that resolves bullying situations by directly facilitating communication between bullied kids, their tormentors, parents, teachers, school boards, social services, and police.BullyingCanada created a 365-day-a-year, 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week support network that offers youth life-changing assistance via telephone, online chat, email, and texting.

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