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Bullying, Suicide & Violence in Schools

Instructor: Laura Gray

Laura has taught at the secondary and tertiary levels for 20+ years and has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning.

In this lesson, we will define bullying, suicide, and violence as they relate to the behavior of school-aged children. We will also explore ways in which school districts can reduce the incidence of each.

Bullying, Suicide, & Violence

In the last couple of decades, both school districts and the national media have taken a very hard look at the incidents of bullying, suicide, and violence among children in elementary school, middle school, and high school. While these things have always taken place in the schools to one degree or another, society has become more aware of the problems that can result from each of these actions by both the perpetrators and the victims. In this lesson, we will define these terms and discuss some things that school districts, as well as individual schools, can do to lesson these occurrences. Read on for more information.

Definitions & Examples

So, how do we define bullying, suicide, and violence? Bullying is defined as any action that is both unwanted and aggressive, where there is a real (or sometimes perceived) power balance. The action is usually repeated over time or has the potential to be repeated. It is very important to understand that when one child tells another, on one occasion, that his shirt is ugly, that is not considered bullying. However, when that same child tells another on multiple occasions that his shirt is ugly, he is ugly, and he never should have been born. . . well now we have a problem. It is important that both adults and children are able to recognize the difference between bullying and just kids being rude to other kids - and there is a difference. Kids, especially at the upper elementary and middle school levels, are often not nice to one another. But there is a real difference between just not being nice and being a bully.

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