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Bullying (Acoso Escolar)/Cyberbullying

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WHAT IS BULLYING?
 

Bullying occurs when one child or a group of children repeatedly hurt another child through words or actions, and that child has a hard time defending himself/herself. Bullying may involve physical aggression, such as fighting, shoving or kicking; verbal aggression, such as name-calling; or more subtle aggression such as socially isolating a child.

 
Cyber Bullying is bullying that occurs through the use of interactive technologies including: computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.
 
WARNING SIGNS OF BULLYING
 

Your child may be a victim of bullying if he or she:

  • comes home from school with torn or dirty clothing, or damaged books.
  • has unexplained cuts, bruises or scratches.
  • has few, if any, friends with whom he/she spends time.
  • seems afraid to go to school.
  • doesn’t sleep well or has bad dreams.
  • complains of headaches or stomach pains.
  • loses interest in school.
  • seems sad, anxious, or moody.
 
WARNING SIGNS OF BULLYING OTHERS
 
Your child may be bullying others if he/she shows several of the following warning signs:
  • teases, threatens or physically hurts other children.
  • is hot-tempered, impulsive, or has a hard time following rules.
  • is aggressive toward adults.
  • shows no sympathy for children who are bullied.
  • has been involved in other antisocial behaviors such as vandalism or theft.

WHAT PARENTS CAN DO

  • Know the warning signs.
  • Talk to your children about bullying.
  • Take bullying seriously.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher, counselor or school principal if you suspect bullying.
  • Help your child to remember the rules.
OUR SCHOOLS’ ANTI-BULLYING RULES
 

1. We will not bully others.

2. We will try to help students who are bullied.

3. We will try to include students who are left out.

4. If we know that somebody is being bullied we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
 

 

For more information about how you can help, please contact your child’s school or the
 
Department of Community and Student Services
31 South Penn St., P. O. Box 328

Allentown, PA 18105

Phone: 484-765-4073 FAX: 484-765-4076