Bullying and Harassment

Published: 1/8/2016 8:28 AM

Bullying​ is a problem that many children face in Kentucky and throughout our country.  It can be quite difficult to define, but the following is a good definition to use when trying to decide if an action is bullying:
Bullying is using unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance towards another person. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. 
There are three types of bullying. Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things, such as teasing, name-calling, making inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, or threatening to cause harm. Social/relational bullying involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships, such as leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about someone, and embarrassing someone in public. Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions, such as hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things, and making mean or rude hand gesturesstopbullying.gov​​
Quite frequently, when faced with bullying, we do not know what to do or where to turn.  The Kentucky Department of Education wishes to provide students, parents or guardians, educators, and community members with valuable information and help when there is a bullying issue.  Click below to find out more.
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Victoria Fields
Office of Next-Generation Schools and Districts
Division of Student Success
500 Mero Street, 8th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4772
Fax (502) 564-7820