Bullying is the repeated and harmful behaviour subjected by one or more persons on another. The victims of bullying are often powerless or lack the self-confidence to prevent this behaviour.
Bullying comes in five different versions:
- Cyber – spreading false rumours about another person via email messages, MSN, and webpages;
- Physical – pushing, punching, kicking, and vandalism;
- Sexual – unwanted or unwelcomed sexual comments made to another individual or rumours spread about another person;
- Social – rumours and gossip which are hurtful and belittling toward another person; and
- Verbal – name-calling, threats, taunting, and insults.
There are many reasons why a person bullies another person:
- to increase their profile in a group;
- pressure into bullying by a peer group;
- follow pattern seen at home;
- jealousy; and
- have been bullied themselves;
The best way to combat bullying is for the victim to:
- Report the situation to their parent, teacher, or other adult;
- Stand up to the bully by telling them to stop;
- Walk away and ignore the bullying; and
- Be confident – children are less likely to be bullied if they are confident in themselves.
If your children are being bullied and want a police officer’s perspective or assistance, please do not hesitate in calling the Port Moody Police Department at 604-461-3456.
You may wish to visit these websites for more information about bullying –
SafeCanada – Bullying.