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BSA Anti-Bullying Presentation

Why Talk About Bullying?
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is any behavior that is:
– Deliberate and hurtful
– Repeated over time
– Characterized by a relationship involving an
imbalance of power, such as size or popularity

Bullying can:
-- Be physical, verbal, emotional, social, behavioral, or any combination.
-- Occur on the bus, at school, at after-school activities, and even online via the Internet.
Examples of Bullying
1. Hitting or kicking
2. Stealing or damaging belongings
3. Menacing gestures or facial expressions
4. Repeated name-calling
5. Teasing and taunting
6. Spreading rumors
7. Coercion
8. Intentional exclusion from the group
9. Cyber bullying
What is the Difference Between Bullying and Good-Natured Joking?
• Is intentionally hurtful.

• Happens repeatedly.

• Involves an imbalance of power, real or perceived, between the bully and the victim.

How the victim feels matters more than your intent.
Beliefs About Bullying: Fact or Myth?
Bullying toughens you up.

Kids learn to be bullies from watching others that treat people aggressively in order to get what they want.

When adults intervene in bullying, it makes matters worse.
How to Assist Victims of Bullying?
– Use the buddy system.

– If bullied with insults: ignore them, tell them to stop, use humor, walk

– If in danger of physical assault: call for help, get away, tell an adult.

– Don’t threaten of try to fight a bully as this often makes the situation worse.

– Be alert and remember details so that you can accurately report the bullying.
How to Assist Victims of Bullying?
Recognize some of the red flags that a Scout may be a victim of bullying:
– Frequent absences (School, Scouts, Sports, etc.) – Avoidance of friends or peers
– Nervousness
– Unexplained anger and resentment – Feeling sick to avoid things
– Avoidance of group restrooms
– Cuts and bruises
A Red Flag is a warning, only by talking to the person can you find out what’s really
going on!
Boy Scouts Handbook - Cyberbullying
Whenever you go online: (1) Don't respond to inappropriate messages or Web sites. If you stumble across information or images that you don't understand, it's OK to talk about it with your parent or guardian; (2) Don't share information such as your address, telephone number, school name, or your parents' work address or telephone number, and never send any photos via the Internet unless you have permission; (3) Never agree to meet anyone who has contacted you online unless your parent or guardian goes with you.
Another hazard of the Internet is called the cyberbully. A cyberbully uses electronic communications such as the Internet to harass, threaten, and harm others. Some tactics that cyberbullies use include dissing (spreading damaging gossip about a person), harassment (repeatedly sending hateful messages), and impersonation (pretending to be someone else and posting damaging information to harm another's reputation).
If you feel you are the victim of a cyberbully, do not retaliate. Ask the cyberbully to stop. Do not make your message aggressive or emotional. Let the bully know that you will take other steps if the abuse does not stop. If that does not help, tell your parent or guardian right away. Cyberbullies can't be seen when they are online; this gives them a false sense of security. What they don't know is that they can be found out, caught, and even punished.
The best way to protect yourself is to be a good online citizen. Don't post information that could be used against you or other people. Stay away from sites that tolerate and encourage bullying. Be kind online.
What Is Cyber-Bullying?
Cyber-bullying is the use of electronic communications such as the Internet to harass, threaten, and harm others.
Tactics Used By Cyber-Bullies
“Dissing” or “Flaming” – spreading damaging gossip.

Harassment – repeatedly sending or forwarding hateful messages; posting pictures of victims without their consent.

Impersonation – Pretending to be someone else online and posting damaging information, or tricking someone else into revealing personal information.

Verbal abuse on X-Box live would also constitute as cyber-bulling
Cyber-Bullying Misconceptions
1. Cyber-bullying is not a big deal; no one really gets hurt.

2. My friends think it’s funny, so it’s OK.

3. There’s no way I can get caught.
What Can Scouts do to Prevent Cyber-Bullying?
1. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online. Be kind online.
A Scout is Friendly
2. Refuse to forward cyber-bullying messages; delete them instead.
3. Tell friends to stop cyber-bullying.
4. Block communication with those who cyber-bully.
5. Stay away from sites that tolerate and encourage bullying.
6. Report cyber-bullying to a trusted adult.
A Scout is Brave
Troop 4: Anti-Bullying Training Prevention and Intervention
Is NOT tolerated in Troop 4!
Is encountered by all of us at one time or another – especially in schools
Can cause serious harm to its victims.
Has been associated with victims’ acts of extreme violence against themselves and others.
Can be stopped.
What Should Scouts do if They are Victims of Cyber-Bullying?
• Never try to seek revenge.

• Calmly ask for the cyber-bullying to stop.

• Tell the person that you will take other steps if the cyber-bullying does not stop.

• Tell a parent or guardian if it continues.
Thank-You for Your Time !

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BSA Anti-Bullying Presentation