Every day, the admissions team and guidance counselors at Primavera speak with students that have been the victims of bullying. As your teachers and administrators, we empathize with your experience and we would like to share the resources that are available to you as students at Primavera.
The issue of bullying is close to the heart of Primavera and by sharing the experiences of teachers, administrators, and your fellow students we can continue to build a healthy environment for students to thrive.
STATS AND FACTS
Bullying is not limited to specific groups or individuals but affects a majority of our student population. The Center for Disease control defines bullying as the unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths, who are not siblings or current dating partners, that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm.
Different forms of bullying:
Purposefully leaving someone out or threatening to “break-up,” using the friendship as a weapon
Silent Treatment. Signaling “our friendship might be over” or “you’re not worth talking to”
Verbal put-downs like using sarcasm to be mean, teasing, calling someone mean names, making repeated abusive phone calls, and using phrases after criticism like “can’t you take a joke?” or “Just kidding.”
Gossip & Rumors
Gossip & Rumors. Stories or information spread behind their back (including about being promiscuous) can end up damaging reputations and destroying relationships
Body language like eye rolling, noises (“ew!”), mean looks, or staring that signals “I hate you.”
Social Media Abuse
Hurtful or damaging texts or posts on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, or Instagram, even if they end with “jk” or “lol.”
Facts about Cyberbullying:
21% of teens have been victims of cyberbullying at least once in their life
19% of teens have cyberbullied others at least once in their life
The average cyberbully starts at age 9
13% of teens said they had an experience on a social network that made them feel nervous about going to school the next day
88% of teens using social media have witnessed someone being mean or cruel on a social networking site
Teens who spend more than 3 hours per day on social networks are 110% more likely to be cyberbullied
Only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about cyberbullying
By continuing the conversation and sharing experiences, we can help bring awareness and prevent bullying in our communities.
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Students can also find the contact information for their own guidance counselor on the Parent Student Portal.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please call Crisis Response Network or text HOME to 741741. This organization is an Arizona non-profit dedicated to helping individuals and families get connected to the help they need. You can also find additional resources on our Student Support and Guidance page.