What is Bullying?
Bullying is generally defined as an intentional act that causes harm to others, and may involve verbal harassment, verbal or non-verbal threats, physical assault, stalking, or other methods of coercion such as manipulation, blackmail, or extortion. It is aggressive behavior that intends to hurt, threaten or frighten another person. An imbalance of power between the aggressor and the victim is often involved. Bullying occurs in a variety of contexts, such as schools, workplaces, political or military settings, and others. If you or someone you know is being bullied, the Arkansas Crisis Center is here for you at 1-888-CRISIS2 (274-7472) during our posted hours, or you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). However, if for any reason you are unable to connect and you are in immediate danger, please dial 9-1-1.
When you, your child, or someone close to you is being bullied, there are many steps to take to help resolve the situation. Make sure you understand what bullying is and what it is not, the warning signs of bullying, and steps to take for preventing and responding to bullying, including how to talk to children about bullying, prevention in schools and communities, and how to support children involved.
If you, or someone you know, is being bullied, the Arkansas Crisis Center is here for you at 1-888-CRISIS2 (274-7472) during our posted hours, or you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Please dial 9-1-1 if you are unable to connect with someone and you are in immediate danger.