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Bullying is an aggressive behaviour meant to hurt another person.
Many children are faced with being bullied.  Bullying can cause children and youth emotional, social and sometimes physical harm.  It can impact how they do in school, how they feel about themselves and it can be an issue for the whole family.  Some people think bullying is just a part of growing up, however the consequences of bullying can be very damaging and long standing.  

There are three types of bullying:
  1. Physical
    includes harming a person or damaging their property (hitting, stealing, pushing/shoving)
  2. Verbal
    using words to hurt a person’s feelings (threats, name-calling, insults)
  3. Social
    excluding a person from groups and events (gossiping, rumours, ignoring)
Although bullying tends to happen in school, it is not just a school problem.  Bullying can occur anywhere young people spend time together. 

Many young people now spend time “together” online, making cyber bullying an issue.  No matter where it happens, it is important to know that bullying is not a normal part of growing up.

Bullying can be prevented by teaching young people how to:

  • Be caring of others
  • Get along
  • Deal with angry feelings
  • Stand up for themselves without being aggressive.

(Source: Department of Education, Government of NL, What Parents Can Do To Prevent Bullying)

If you have concerns that someone you know is a bully or being bullied, check out the following websites for advice:
For more information on bullying please visit:
  • The Bully
    Kids help phone PSA on bullying with Kids help phone prompt. 
  • Artists Against - True Colors PSA for Bullying Awareness Week
    Kids help phone PSA on bullying with Kids help phone prompt
  • Bullying
    Kids from Menihek HighSchool Lab City developed a video about being a teen and teen issues, they have kids help phone prompt at the end.
  • PREVNet
    Canadian based website devoted to research and resource development in relation to bullying.

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Updated Jan 31, 2018