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Leman Middle School Addresses Bullying Issues

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October is National Bullying Awareness Month and today is National Stop Bullying Day. Today, Leman Middle School students attended grade level assemblies focusing on responsible social media use, cyber bullying, and how to respond to it! District 33 is  excited to build on what was learned today with upcoming advisory lessons.


National Stop Bullying Day on the second Wednesday in October brings together students, faculty, and parents to end bullying.

#StopBullyingDay

This annual designation promotes standing up against and put an end to bullying. No child should be afraid to ride a bus or go to school because a classmate threatens them. Children who have been bullied should also feel they can report the incident without repercussions.

4 Types of Bullying

Bullying comes in many forms. It occurs repeatedly and is a way for the perpetrator to show their power. Whether the bullying is verbal, physical, relational, or cyberbullying, the results are detrimental.

  1. Verbal bullying involves spoken words. The person may threaten or call names. They may use disrespectful language toward family, friends, or specifically aimed at their target.
  2. Physical bullying is aggression in the form of hitting, kicking, pushing, or any unwanted touch.
  3. Relational bullying involves purposely excluding someone from activities, groups, or events through social tactics.
  4. Cyberbullying includes using social media, texts, and the internet to spread rumors, lies, or mean messages about a person.

Each type of bullying may have similar effects on the targeted person. They may withdraw even from their family or become mysteriously ill often. It’s essential to keep an open line of communication with children and students. Encourage students to participate in activities outside the home, too. Teach children the appropriate use of the internet, social media, and text. While having daily discussions with family members about their day, share information on setting boundaries. Teach them the behavior you expect them to display, how to treat others, and provide a role model of the same.

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