Bullying and Harassment – Calgary Public & Private Schools

Bullying and Harassment – Calgary Public & Private Schools

Bullying and Harassment in Calgary schools or work is a repeated form of aggression that is directed by one or more people towards another person. It can be physical, verbal intimidation, through text messages on cell phones or on social internet sites such as facebook, twitter, etc. Bullying can be verbal (name-calling), homophobic bullying, transphobic bullying, social (exclusion, gossip, ganging up), physical (hitting) or cyberbullying (using the computer to harass or threaten). Bullying can occur at home, at school, at work and in sports

Bullying has four main forms.

-Physical intimidation, when a student uses physical force to hurt another student by hitting, shoving, shoving, kicking, pinching or holding them. Physical harassment also includes theft or extortion of money.

-Verbal bullying is when the student uses words to hurt another student. This includes threatening, provoking, intimidating, insulting, sarcasm, nicknames, teasing, insults, graffiti, humiliation and teasing. It also includes hostile gestures such as the face, the look and spit.

-Relational intimidation occurs when students disturb another student by relating to their peers through gossip, whispers and spreading rumors.

-Cyberbullying refers to the use of mobile phones, text messages, emails, instant messages, blogs and web advertisements to intimidate another student in any of the ways described above. Examples of cyberbullying are sending threatening or insulting messages by phone and email, and spreading destructive rumors.

We all have a role to play in preventing bullying. Bullying is unacceptable behavior at any time and in any situation – and it is not a normal part of growth. In fact, bullying can leave scars that last a lifetime.

BullyingCanada is Canada’s first anti bullying website, that helps parents, adolescents and community members take control of this issue by giving them the tools they need to prevent or intervene in a bullying situation. It is a resource full of useful information on how to deal with bullying.

If you’re aware of bullying, don’t be afraid to tell someone. Depending on the severity of the crime, you can anonymously report bullying to teachers, principals or Calgary Police Crime Stoppers

If you’re being bullied, contact your School Resource Officer (SRO) or the Kids Help Phone, a 24 hours free counselling resource at 1-800-668-6868

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