There are many forms of bullying. Direct bullying is defined as hitting, kicking, shoving, spitting, taunting,teasing, using slurs and/or verbally another person, and/or using threatening, obscene gestures. Indirect bullying is getting another person to bully someone for you, spreading rumors, deliberately excluding someone from a group or activity, and cyberbullying. Health Resources and Services Administration, "Stop Bullying Now!" Campaign (www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov)
Bullying differs from conflict. With bullying, there is an imbalance of power. One child has a hard time defending himself or herself (BULLYING) rather than two people having a disagreement or fight (CONFLICT). The following video link is helpful in deciphering bullying from conflict:
Please refer to www.wtschools.org to view Washington Township School District Board of Education Policy 5512.01 Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this website uses animated stories to help children recognize bullying behavior.
This website features online resources for parents and children regarding bullying.