Bullying can be frightening, physically and emotionally damaging, to some for the rest of their lives. Adults, school age children and even preschoolers can experience bullying. If you’re worried your child is being bullied, you can look for physical, emotional, social and other signs. Especially children, they should never be left to sort out bullying on their own. They can be seriously hurt by it. It’s important for you to stop bullying quickly, before it damages a child’s confidence.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. For detailed information on the types of bullying, the warning signs of bullying and the effects of bullying, please visit: https://www.stopbullying.gov/
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices. Cyberbullying can occur through text, apps, or social media and includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. Parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing online. The importance to report cyberbullying to police, school and online services cannot be stressed enough. For more information on cyberbulliyng, the warning signs and how to establish rules, please visit: https://www.stopbullying.gov/
Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are a number of things school staff, parents and students can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying. For detailed information on how to prevent bullying, please visit: https://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/index.html
TEXAS LAWS & POLICIES
State and local lawmakers have acted to prevent bullying and protect children. Through laws (in their state education codes and elsewhere) and model policies (that provide guidance to districts and schools), each state addresses bullying differently. For detailed information on Texas laws and policies, please visit: https://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/texas/index.html