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Bullying Prevention and Resources

Recognizing bullying

Bullying can take a variety of forms, from verbal to physical to Internet. Below is a brief listing of the various types of bullying.

bullet graphicName calling

bullet graphicSpreading lies and/or rumors

bullet graphicHitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving

bullet graphicStealing

bullet graphicVerbal, instant message or e-mail threats

bullet graphicIsolating a person

bullet graphicIntimidation

bullet graphicMaking silent or abusive phone calls

bullet graphicPosting threats, false statements or other harmful information about a person on a website (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)


Bullying: Tips for Students

If you are being bullied, you can do something about it.

bullet graphicTell an adult: teacher, guidance counselor, social worker, principal or assistant principal or club advisor.

bullet graphicKeep a note or diary of what is happening.

bullet graphicAsk your parents to contact the school

bullet graphicDon't give up

The impact of bullying: It's a big deal

All too often, bullying is dismissed as no big deal or just a stage of growing up. Both are false myths that can take a toll on the victim of bullying.

Bullying can lead to increased absences from school that can have dangerous academic repercussions in today’s increasingly demanding learning environment.

Additionally, the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration reports that victims of bullying are more likely than their peers to:

bullet graphicDrop out of school

bullet graphicDrink alcohol

bullet graphicBegin smoking

bullet graphicBe involved in fighting

Printed Resources


Bullying Handout for Kids (PDF)

Bullying Handout for Teens (PDF)


Online resources
for students, parents, and teachers

Stop Bullying Now

Website published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Go to website


Positive Behavorial Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program currently in use at Watervliet Elementary School. More information


Canadian-based site filled with useful facts, tips and resources. Go to website

Parenting Suggestions Regarding Technology

Compiled by national speaker John Halligan, whose son, Ryan, died by suicide in October 2003 after being bullied by classmates at school and online. Go to website


This site is a resource for parents to educate themselves and their children about how to use the Internet safely. It provides information on filtering software and recommends safe sites for children of all ages. Go to website

Family Online Safety Institute

This site of the Internet Content Rating Association contains information and downloads on the content rating system. Go to website