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The Five W’s of Bullying and Tips for Prevention

1) Who?
Bullying can occur in any youth-serving organization.  Research shows that every 7 minutes a child is bullied at school and approximately 160,000 children miss school each day due to fear of bullying.
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2) What? 
Experts define bullying as intentional, repeated, unpleasant, or negative behavior by one or more persons directed against a person who has difficulty defending himself or herself. The six common types of bullying include the following: physical, verbal, nonverbal and relational, cyber-bullying, hazing and sexualized bullying.
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3) When? 
Certain activities create more opportunities for bullying behaviors including: transition times, times when youth are crowded together, activities with mixed ages, activities that involve changing clothes, free time, overnight trips, and before and after school.
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4) Where?
Like high-risk activities, high-risk locations also contribute to increased bullying behaviors. Secluded areas, out-of-the-way locations, stairwells, bathrooms, locker rooms, and buses are common places that youth use to bully others because they are isolated and less monitored.
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5) Why? 
Bullying may occur for many different reasons.  We once considered it “normal” childhood behavior, but we know now that we must take action to stop it in our youth-serving organizations.
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Tips for Prevention
Praesidium has analyzed hundreds of bullying incidents and reviewed state statutes, case studies, and bullying literature to provide guidance to youth-serving organizations. Some of Praesidium’s bullying prevention services include:
  • Policies:
    • Bullying prevention policies and procedures
  • Training:
    • Armatus® online training course “Preventing Bullying” 
    • Onsite training workshops for employees and volunteers
  • Consumer Participation:
    • Educational materials for parents and youth
Contact us today at info@praesidiuminc.com for more information on our variety of Bullying services.
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