What is Bullying?

Bullying is an unwanted, aggressive behavior among school children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. It has the potential to be repeated, over time. Kids who are bullied and bully others may have serious problems.

It can happen during or after school hours. The most reported act of bullying happens in the school building but a significant percentage also happens in places like on the bus, on the playground, in the neighborhood, travelling to and from the school or on the internet.

How do we know if it the act is bullying already?

Here are some characteristics to be considered bullying. Aside from the behavior must be aggressive, it must also include:

• An Imbalance of Power: it is when the kids use their power such as physical strength to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
• Repetition: when bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
• Actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying

• Indirect – it is the spreading of nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumors, sending abusive mail, and email and text messages
• Physical – hurting a person’s body or possessions (hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack)
• Verbal – saying or writing mean things ( name calling, insulting, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, remarks or teasing, using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks)
• Cyber bullying – any type of bullying that is carried out by electronic medium ( text message, picture/video clip, phone calls, e-mails, chat-room, instant messaging, websites)

With these various forms of bullying, parents must be worried of the health of their kids once they become a victim of these types of behaviors. Bullying can put a person in a state of constant fear. Studies show that people who are abused by their peers are at risk for mental health problems, such as low self-esteem, stress, depression, or anxiety. They may also think about suicide. Due to this, kids as well as parents need the help of professionals to prevent bullying to happen. Kidini has generated engaging programs that are appropriate for your kids’ age to build their confidence. These programs are integrated in fun activities such as karate, dance, fitness, sports and yoga. Your kids will not only learn to avoid bullying but will also enjoy the programs.