SCCAT/COP Shop/RESOURCE CENTER
The next S.C.C.A.T. meeting will be held at Tum Tum Community Center on August 7th at 7 pm.
Mr. Webster (AKA The Dictionary) defines a bully as a person who hurts, frightens, or tyrannizes over those who are smaller or weaker. Bullying can be verbal, physical harm, cyberbullying, harassment or intimidation. Bullying can be physical, such as hitting, kicking, stealing from another person, ruining a persons possessions, or verbal such as: name calling, threats, insults, sexual remarks, making up rumors. or humiliation, often in front of others. Cyberbullying can be just as harmful, as a widespread audience learns of the bullying against the victim much quicker using the internet. Washington State passed a Cyberbullying Law in 2008.
Bullying can happen at schools, on school buses, playgrounds, inside the students home or walking home from school. Boys mostly use physical bullying and girls are verbal when bullying. Teens may feel that cyberbullying is less harmful than person to person bullying.
A person being bullied may withdraw from attending school, refrain from playing with friends, have unexplained illnesses, drop out of usual activities, use drugs, think about running away, have reduced self esteem, become depressed and may think about suicide.
If your child seems depressed, tell them you are concerned and ask them to tell you why they are depressed. Be a good listener and let them do the talking. It is of major importance that you listen to your children.
Youth suicides outnumber youth homicides in Washington State. Twenty-six percent of all 10th graders probably would not seek adult help and more than 30% indicated that they did not have adults they could turn to if they were feeling sad or depressed. (Youth Suicide Prevention Program)
If you need help, call the HELP LINE @ (509) 684-6139 24/7 our call the Toll Free # @ 1-800-373-6627.
Don’t forget to visit our booth at the Neighbor Day Celebration on August 4th.