The purpose of the All Pointe Against Bullying campaign is to raise awareness of the excessive amount of bullying that takes place in schools and the workplace as well as the different ways in which it happens. Our goal is to educate students, administrators, and staff on how to detect warning signs that can prevent bullying as well as knowing how to respond when an incident occurs.
Bullying takes a toll on our mental/physical health and can impact children the same way it impacts adults. Studies have shown that bullying affects our social skills, work ethic, and self-esteem. It has been found to cause depression, anxiety, and in extreme cases, suicide.
Here at All Pointe, our aim is to educate individuals on how to behave appropriately by teaching them how to treat their fellow peers and coworkers. Furthermore, we wish to encourage people to seek help if they are a victim of bullying. If we can put an end to bullying at a young age, our society will drastically improve.
How You Can Help
You can help end bullying by following some very basic steps:
• Know the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior exhibited by your classmates/coworkers. If it is safe and appropriate to do so, encourage your peers to evaluate what they have said or done and educate them on why the behavior is not acceptable.
• Report any unwanted or inappropriate behavior to your superior. In school, this could be a teacher, a guidance counselor, or any other trusted adult that works at the school. At work, this could be your direct supervisor. If needed, it is acceptable to go up the chain of command or even to a law enforcement officer. These complaints are taken very seriously and will never go unheard.
Types of Bullying and Harrassment you Could be Exposed to Without Realizing :
When an individual or a group of people repeatedly and intentionally cause harm to another person or group of people who feel helpless to respond
The use of electronic communication to bully an individual, which is typically done by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature
A hostile environment can result from the unwelcome conduct of supervisors, co-workers, customers, contractors, or anyone else with whom the victim interacts with on the job. The unwelcome conduct renders the workplace atmosphere intimidating, hostile, or offensive
The practice of illegally transporting people from one location to another, typically for the purposes of forced labor or sexual exploitation
Signs your child or someone you know is being bullied at school
• Reluctance to get out of bed
• Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
• Complaints of stomach aches or unexplained pain
• Reluctance to go to school
• Frequent mood swings, tantrums, and anxiety
• Requests extra pocket money or food
• Fear of walking to school or changes of their route without warning
• Arriving home hungry
• Unexplained bruises, scratches, and or cuts
• Missing or damaged clothes and / or possessions
• Unwillingness to discuss what is wrong
What you as a Parent Can Do
- • Stay Calm-Stay Positive: Your child will not feel that they can confide in you in the future if you initially react with anger
- • Talk with the School: Make sure the administrators and teachers at your child’s school are aware of what is going on
- • Talk to Your Child: Assure your child that they can always come to you when something happens
- • Seek Help on Behalf of Your Child: Ask your child if they would like to speak with their guidance counselor or a therapist. Call local authorities if necessary
- • DO NOT Schedule a Meeting with the other students Involved
What You Can Do
Types of Harrassment
- Discriminatory: Harassment for reasons such as race, gender, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation
- Personal: Any behavior that creates an intimidating or hostile environment such as offensive jokes, humiliation, inappropriate comments or gestures, and intimidating actions
- Psychological: Examples include belittling victim’s ideas and contributions, discrediting victims, or spreading rumors about them
- Power: When the harasser uses their authority to intimidate someone. Actions include assigning tasks with deadlines that are impossible to meet and intrusion on personal life (i.e. taking work home)
- Retaliation: When the attacker finds out who made a complaint about them and prevents that person from making further complaints through threats or manipulation
- Sexual Harassment: Examples include sexual comments, jokes, questions or gestures, invading space in a sexual way, inappropriate touching, and offering new opportunities in return for sexual favors
How You Can Help
As a Boss:
- Train your staff on what is / is not appropriate.
- Advise employees of their rights.
- Provide a safe and confidential place for your employees to go to talk to someone.
As an Employee:
- Be aware of your rights
- Report any abuse or harassment to a trusted individual
- Keep evidence or a log of each time the abuse or harassment occurs
- Unexplained absences from school.
- Suddenly dresses inappropriately.
- Dating someone much older than them.
- Signs of physical abuse such as burns, cuts, or bruises.
- Showing signs of gang affiliation (gang symbols, aggressive notebook drawings, or wearing only certain colors).
- Invites friends to where they hang out with their new crowd.
What You Can Do
- Call 911 immediately.
- Call Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text at 233733 or chat online at www.humantraffickinghotline.org/chat
Crisis Text Line (U.S. Only)
text HELLO to 741741
National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention