Bullying Myths Quiz

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When it comes to anti-bullying laws:
States generally leave bullying laws up to individual school districts.
Laws have passed in 45 states with more states pending.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that as of October 2010, the only states without anti-bullying laws are Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Hawaii.
All 50 states have anti-bullying laws.

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Which characteristics are common among children who are being bullied?
loneliness and low self esteem
absence from school and often feeling sick
both of the above
Children being bullied are more likely to experience depression, loneliness, anxiety and low self esteem. They may feel sick more often, and some may have thoughts of suicide.

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When they're being bullied, children should:
tell an adult
Most professionals say victims of bullies should never hit back. First, it doesn't work. Second, physical confrontation could cause legal problems. Running away isn't advised either, since running gives the bully power. Telling an adult is the best option for successful intervention.
run away
hit back

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Over time, a bully will:
get bored and stop bullying your child
escalate the behavior
Studies show that bullies will escalate their abuse the longer they are allowed to bully uninterrupted.
be stopped by someone, even if no one tells

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Your child is most likely to be repeatedly bullied:
in crowded locations
in the same isolated location
While a child may be bullied in various locations, it is typical for a bully to choose one isolated location, where he or she knows repeated bullying of a child won't be detected.
both of the above

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When it comes to areas where bullying habitually occurs:
Children should take different routes to school and home, and walk with a buddy or two.
Parents should establish and routinely ensure an adult presence in particularly dangerous areas.
both of the above
Children are less likely to be bullied when they are walking with others, and bullies will not harass students if they may be seen by adults.

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If a child tells you that he or she is being bullied:
Tell them to ignore the bully and assume this is typical childhood play.
Promise them you won't intercede, then intercede anyway.
none of the above
It takes a lot of courage for a child to tell a parent they're being bullied. When a parent suggests the child ignore the bullying, the child assumes that means the parent will ignore it, too. If parents ignore it, then it must be unimportant, and the child's feelings are invalidated. Also, promising not to tell and then telling breaks, sometimes permanently, the trust that prompted the child to share in the first place.

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Children can diffuse bullies by:
using humor, such as retorting with a silly knock-knock joke or a joke about one's self
Using humor is a great way to diffuse a bully, but the wrong kind can make it worse. Never use humor in a way that makes fun of the bully; the bullying will escalate. A victim should take the focus off the bully entirely. If the bully says, "Hey, four-eyes!," to a kid wearing glasses, the child may retort: "Four? Darn, I was trying for eight." If the bully calls the child a "wart face," the child can say, "Yeah, I keep meaning to have that checked!" Humor can take the fun away from the bully.
using humor that insults the bully
calling the bully names
Using humor is a great way to diffuse a bully, but the wrong kind can make it worse. Never use humor in a way that makes fun of the bully; the bullying will escalate. A victim should take the focus off the bully entirely. If the bully says, "Hey, four-eyes!," to a kid wearing glasses, the child may retort: "Four? Darn, I was trying for eight." If the bully calls the child a "wart face," the child can say, "Yeah, I keep meaning to have that checked!" Humor can take the fun away from the bully.

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Bullying is never a crime.
TRUE
FALSE
Actionable crimes related to bullying include, but are not limited to, threat, assault, sexual assault, stalking, hate crimes, date crimes, theft and robbery.

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Bullies are:
kids who harass other kids
kids who stand by and see it happen
both of the above
A child who stands by and does nothing while another child is being bullied is complicit. Teach children that it's never OK to bully and that doing nothing to help the situation makes them part of the problem. They should tell an adult if they see someone being bullied.

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