Bullying: Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Often, it is repeated over time and can take many forms.
Target not Victim: Someone can be a target of bullying but we should not call them victims. Bullying behavior is wrong. Calling someone a victim makes them feel helpless. Targets can learn ways not to be targeted.
Upstander not Bystander: Bullying must stop—an Upstander is anyone who believes that everyone deserves to be in a healthy relationship free from abuse of any kind and is willing to take action when that is not happening around them.
Social Norming is a process where the entire school community participates in a survey to find out where, when and why bullying happens, as well as personal knowledge and beliefs about how to stop it. Results are presented to the entire community by students. Many times large majorities of students possess the character and skills to be upstanders and results confirm they are in the majority.
- Ultimately, it is criminal: Bullying is peer abuse defined as one who brings mistreatment, insult or deception in excessive amounts to another individual of the same peer group.This is done physically, mentally, emotionally or sexually.
The Bullying Prevention Summit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is presented by Aéropostale.