There is no intervention in 85% of cases of bullying. Bullying is often accepted as a "rite of passage." Bullying is a leading factor in suicide.
Boys Versus Girls' Bullying (02:13)
Boys tend to be overt and physical in their bullying, while girls' bullying is covert and harder for authorities to recognize, taking the form of shunning. See examples of each.
Long-Term Effects (01:45)
Kids internalize bullying. Some kids see their actions as just a game and don't realize someone feels bullied; others want to elevate themselves.
Girls are more social and are hurt by relational aggression, and respond with rumination. Boys don't communicate or contemplate their feelings. Kids may worry that telling an adult will make things worse.
Cyberbullying and Suicide (03:39)
Suicides due to bullying have increased in recent years, largely because of cyberbullying. See skits of teens preparing for suicide in response to cyberbullying.
Warning Signs (00:43)
One instance of bullying does not produce depression or suicide; there are warning signs.
Bystanders and Stepping Up (02:03)
Bystanders encourage bullying by not confronting it. Some students want to intervene but fear the bullies will turn on them; in reality, responding is likely to make it easier for others to speak up.
Adults' Responsibiltiies (02:41)
Kids feel vulnerable telling adults about being bullied; if adults show they are willing to listen, kids will be more willing to come to them. Adults cannot always stop bullying, but can help kids get through it.
Credits: Bullying and Suicide: Think About It (01:16)
Credits: Bullying and Suicide: Think About It
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