Bullying is when someone repeatedly tries to hurt another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation, or property.
Helping or encouraging someone to bully another person is also bullying.
- Bullying hurts.
- It can reduce engagement, reduce productivity, and reduce quality of life.
- People who are being bullied can be left feeling vulnerable and alone.
Bullying behaviour has grown over the years from teasing on the playground to targeting someone with an unrelenting stream of intimidating messages and actions through cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology (social networking sites, e-mails, text messages, and the sharing of images) to bully someone else.
- Cyberbullying is unique because hurtful messages or pictures can quickly and anonymously be shared.
- This sense of “no one knows it’s me” can increase bullying actions.
Putting a stop to cyberbullying requires help from everyone.
It is important that Nova Scotians learn how to be good digital citizens that understand and take responsibility for how their decisions and behaviours affect others in the digital world. The frequency of bullying and cyberbullying is striking.
- In a recent survey of Nova Scotia students, 60 per cent of respondents indicated that they have been bullied.
- Canadian teachers have ranked cyberbullying as their highest issue of concern.
- Most teachers — 89 per cent — agree that bullying and violence are serious problems in public schools.