Bullying in a school is not a harmless part of growing up. Research has shown bullying has detrimental psychological and psychosocial effects. Each bullying situation, however, is a complex interaction between individuals, family, school, culture and society. Effective interventions must take all these social-ecological factors into account. Attempts to reduce bullying behaviors must consider the bullying in a school from multiple perspectives.
The Bully Survey System provides information about a school's bullying situation in an understandable form. With Bully Survey results, members of a school community learn the characteristics of the bullying behaviors that are taking place. With that knowledge, members of the school community can engage in an effective data-based effort for preventing/intervening bullying behavior.
Because bullying is a community problem, the Bully Survey System encourages a community-wide effort toward dealing with bullying. Students, school personnel, and parents are surveyed with different forms that give equivalent information. Comparisons across students, teachers, and parents may unlock the clues behind a school's bullying problems.
All members of a school community have a vested interest in preventing bullying. Research has shown that schools where bullying is viewed as unacceptable have higher levels of academic achievement. Bullys, victims, and those seemingly uneffected by them will benefit with a school community that achieves a safe, secure, enjoyable learning environment.
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time protecting himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over.Bullying can look like:
Punching, shoving and other acts that hurt people
Spreading bad rumors about people
Keeping certain people out of a "group"
Teasing people in a mean way
Getting certain people to "gang up" on others