Bullying General information Interventions and Symptoms


Definition of bullying: is a behavior with a purpose to achieve or a desire to control another person. The behavior must include both:

Why do bullies have a need to dominate, control, and feel powerful?

Youth who bully are at a greater risk of criminal conviction (60%), substance abuse, suicide, depression, and conduct disorder.


Not getting to the causes of bullying, creates the belief, in students, that school is a threatening environment with harsh interventions. Such an environment can incite a flight or fight reaction by students in stressful situations. Therefore, the most effective interventions focus on helping all students realize the necessity of healthy caring relationships in social situations. Which is accomplished by empowering students, teaching them social skills, and stressing the importance of caring for each other to maintain freedom and democracy.

Teaching students to think about themselves and others in healthy caring relationships can be modeled, included in discussions of literature, history, any talk about role models, and discussion of any a variety of many social situations that result in or could result in choosing different behaviors and strategies. It is important to discuss different options and the immediate and future consequences for different people in different situations for their different choices.

Discussion topics should include topics about: healthy relationships, behavioral choices, rights, empowerment, choice, reciprocity, restorative justice, empathy, when does aggressive behavior become the binding label bully? Young people who begin to use aggression as a behavioral strategy are still learning. - approach them with the role of teaching compassion, caring, healthy relationships.

Remember that choices with respect to social goals are not always congruent with educational goals.


A student is being bullied

A student may be the bully

Recommendations for Parents if a student is being bullied

Recommendations for Parents if a student is bullying


Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes