Children who are bullied frequently do not know how to respond to aggressive behaviour. They struggle with name-calling, put-downs, or being excluded, and think that school is an unsafe and distressing place.
Left unresolved, bullying can:
- affect school work
- lead to skipping school
- affect children and youth physically, emotionally and mentally
- lead to retaliation
In many cases, the bullying is not confined to the school setting. It continues into the greater community.
It is important for students, parents and families, school and district staff and the members of the community to recognize bullying and work together to deal with it.