A basic definition of bullying is when another person or group of people try to hurt others by embarrassing them or physically harming them to try to gain control and show that they are more powerful- repetitively.Â
Bullies may harass other people either directly or indirectly or both ways.
Some examples of indirect bullying would be:Â spreading rumors or nasty stories about someone, excluding someone from a social group, sending abusive mail, anonymous text messages;
Some examples of direct bullyingÂ would be:Â name calling, insulting, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, remarks or teasing, using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks (Verbal Bullying),Â via electronics or online sites: cell phone calls, photos/videos/text messages, chat rooms, instant messages, Facebook or other social web sites (Cyber Bullying),Â hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack and even taking someone elseâ€™s belongings (Physical Bullying)
Bullies may behave this way to get attention, try to be popular, or so others think that they are tough. They may be acting out because they’ve been bullied, are jealous of someone else, or have low self-esteem.
If you know someone whose being bullied, you can begin to help by talking to them to see what’s going on. Just knowing that they have someone who cares can be a big help. Â It’s also helpful to have someone else stick up for them. If you see someone else being bullied, care enough to step in with one or more people and tell the bully that what he/she is doing isn’t nice and to stop.
TheÂ STOP Bullies FASTÂ program is designed to help teach kids learn how to prevent being bullied and how to deal with it if they are.
We offer Stop Bullies FAST in the form of Â 45 minute to 1 1/2 hour seminars, as a birthday party theme done with a sense of humor at your home, or private/group classes in the St. Petersburg area.
For more information on Stop Bullies FAST , please email: Kathy@stpeteselfdefense.com.