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About Bullying
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We hear news reports and read articles about bullying, but how does it impact our lives and the lives of our children? To understand how it affects us we have to really understand what bullying is and what it looks like. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among individuals that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Under this definition there are three types of bullying, which include:
  • Verbal bullying.
  • Social or relational bullying.
  • Physical bullying.
There is also cyber-bullying, which is bullying that occurs through email, chat rooms or text messages or on websites and social media. 

Bullying can take place in a variety of settings, such as at school, work or home. According to StopBullying.gov, a federal government website managed and maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as many as one out of every three to four students in the United States say that they have been bullied. The City of Rockville is concerned about these levels and we would like to provide a safe and bully-free atmosphere in all of our facilities and programs.

Bullying FAQs
  • What is bullying?
    • Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among individuals that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. To find out more about bullying facts, look at this Understanding Bullying Fact Sheet from the CDC.
  • What do I do if my child is being bullied?
    • First of all, if your child has disclosed to you that they are being bullied, please validate your child for the strength it took to tell someone. Support your child and be their advocate! Have a frank conversation with your child about what is going on and how they feel. Then, act! Contact the school or the program in which the bullying is taking place. If the bullying is occurring in a Montgomery County Public School, the report form you should complete is found here: MCPS Bullying Report Form in English. The report form can also be found in different languages here: MCPS Bullying Report Form in Various Languages.
  • What do I do if my child is a bully?
    • Similarly to if your child is being bullied, sit down and talk with your child about their behavior and why they are hurting others. Seek help for your child, such as a therapist that can speak with your child about their harmful behavior. Work with your child on empathy, and get involved in their life. Talk with the school about your concerns and explore volunteer opportunities that will help your child experience more of the world and give back to the community. Turn the conversation towards how we can help, and not hurt, others. Parents whose children exhibit bullying behaviors can find more information here: Tips for parents whose children exhibit bullying behaviors.
  • What can I do to support or help a friend who is being bullied?
    • First, make sure that your friend is OK, and then thank your friend for opening up to you. Seek support and help from a trusted adult, such as a parent, teacher, coach or guidance counselor. Become an ally! Find out more information here: How to be an ally to those that are bullied.
  • What is cyber-bullying? What can I do to protect my children?
    • Cyber-bullying is bullying that occurs through email, chat rooms, text messages, on websites and on social media. For tips on how to protect your children and manage cyber-bullying, click here: Eight tips for dealing with cyber-bullying.
  • Do you have any resources for my home, school or community?