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Secondary Bullying Poster

Middle and high school students ranging in ages 11 – 16 responded similarly to elementary age students. What is noticeably different is the use of technology in bullying behavior and responses to bullying behavior. Students and youth in this age group are also more likely to make an attempt to address the behavior on their own or with the help of a friend before turning to an adult for help.

Do you know what bullying looks like?

  • When a “let’s hate ____” petition is being circulated and your name is at the top
  • When most of the kids in the math class got a text to make mooing noises at another kid as she makes her way to her desk
  • Putting a book bag in one seat, your feet in another, and a purse in the next empty chair to keep certain, other kids from sitting at your table
  • Calling someone a name every time you see them, all day, every day
  • Going out of your way to bump or shove the same kid in the hallway, at the lockers, anywhere you can get away with it
  • Posting means things on a FB wall
  • Tweeting rumors

Do you know what to do if you see a classmate being bullied?

  • Tell them to chill
  • Walk away
  • Tell a teacher
  • Stop by the counselor’s office
  • Call or text my mom and dad
  • Call my brother or sister

Do you know what to do if you are being bullied?

  • Tell them to back off
  • Keep walking
  • Talk to a teacher or my coach
  • See the school nurse
  • Leave my teacher a note

What can school staff do?

  • Listen. Make time to talk to all parties involved.
  • Document the incident. Have students print out chat logs or FB postings.
  • Be visible. Call the students by name, stand in the hallways between bells, let students know you are willing to listen.
  • Share resources and information on where to get help.
  • Be consistent when responding to reports.