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Bullying

Definition
Bullying is behavior that threatens or harms another person.

Young people who bully are at increased risk for smoking tobacco in middle school and drinking alcohol throughout their school years. Children who bully are also at risk of committing criminal acts later in life. Family counseling has been shown to help reduce anger and improve interpersonal relationships in boys with bullying behavior, though bullying behaviors are also seen in girls.

Resources
National:

Committee for Children, http://www.cfchildren.org
Education Resources Information Center, http://www.eric.ed.gov/, 1-800-538-3742
National Crime Prevention Council - Cyberbullying, http://www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying
Local:
Child Protective Services: Washtenaw County, 734-481-9110

How to respond to bullying behavior

“Walk, talk, and squawk”

  • Walk away.
  • Look the other person in the eye and say, “Leave me alone” or “You don’t scare me.”
  • Tell an adult or a supervisor.
  • In a school setting, inform teacher, principal, and school counselor.
  • In a work setting, inform supervisor, human resource consultant, or manager.

What to Report

Types of bullying include:

  • Physical harm, such as hitting, shoving, or tripping.
  • Psychological harm, such as taking money or belongings, making threats, name-calling, or leaving another child out of games or conversations (shunning). Children often are bullied about the way they talk or how they look. All these also can apply to adults.

Laws Governing
Bullying also falls under child-to-child abuse when physical harm or verbal threats are demonstrated. Teachers are required to report these situations to Child Protective Services. Parents can also file a complaint to CPS.
State of Michigan Child Protection Law of 1975 Act 238.
Personal Protection Orders can also be requested.

Additional Information
Listed below is a link to access further information on bullying.
http://www.stopbullyingworld.org

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