Bullying & Cyberbullying


Goals & Outcome

  • Enhance or create a culture of respect at Rivera Middle School.
  • Celebrate Diversity.
  • Empower members of Rivera to challenge all forms of hate and bigotry.

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What is Bullying

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying

Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:



Inappropriate sexual comments


Threatening to cause harm

Types of Bullying

Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling others not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public

Types of Bullying

Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:

  • Hitting/kicking/pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping/pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone’s things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures


Cyberbullying Facts

  • In recent years, teenagers have been targets of bullying the U.S. through popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Snapchat.
  • Over 160,000 American children miss school every day out of fear from bullies.
  • 50% of all teenagers that have been victims of cyberbullying are girls.
  • Girls are MORE likely to be bullied on social media than guys.

What to do if you or a loved gets bullied ?

  • Talk - Share with someone you trust - it can be anyone in your life that you can share your situation with.
  • Encourage - Have a support group you can rely on through tough times.
  • Tell - Let teachers, administrators, and especially parents know what is going on. It is important to get help as soon as possible.

Message from Rivera Middle School Administration

  • Students that are caught engaging in any type of bullying will be referred to the office to for discipline, removed from activities and athletics.
  • Rivera Middle School will contact parents and the police to file a police report.
  • We encourage all students to report any bullying to an adult or to use Text a Tip.

How to Prevent Bullies? RESPECT OTHERS!

  • Rivera students are diverse and respectful, we welcome and treat everyone in a positive way.

Treat others the way you want to be treated!

PBIS Lesson: Bullying & Cyberbullying - Google Slides