Bullying and Cyberbullying

  • Bullying is a type of aggressive behavior that intentionally causes another person discomfort or injury. It can take many forms, including physical bullying, teasing or name calling, social exclusion, peer sexual harassment, cyberbullying, and bullying about race, ethnicity, religion, or disability.

    Cyberbullying consists of hurtful or embarrassing messages, which most commonly occurs through social media (Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), text messaging, direct messaging, email, online forums, and online gaming communities.

    Children may not always speak up if they are experiencing bullying. Some signs to be aware of are decreased appetite, apprehension of going to school, crying, anxiety or depression, ripped clothing, or unexplained missing items.

    In New York State, the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) is meant to protect students from bullying, harassment, and discrimination. It protects against those being discriminated based on race, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex.

    Students and parents should report suspected bullying to the Dignity Act coordinator or principal using the DASA Reporting Form.  See the Dignity Act main page for details.