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Bullying is not okay and together we can stop it. It is not an individual problem; it's everyone's. We need to work together to stop bullying in our schools, businesses and community.

Bullying can happen in a variety of ways - Social, Cyber, Physical and Verbal. All are equally wrong and can have long-lasting effects on someone's health and well-being. It can range from hitting, shoving, name-calling, threats, and mocking to extorting money and treasured possessions. Some kids bully by shunning others and spreading rumors about them. Others use email, chat rooms, instant messages, social networking websites and text messages to taunt others or hurt their feelings. Learn more about Online Bullying here.

When you see someone who is being bullied don't sit silently by and let it happen. Studies have proven when someone intervenes; the bullying usually stops within 10 seconds.

If you are a victim of bullying, confide in someone you trust: a teacher, coworker, police, friend or parent. You don't have to deal with the situation alone.

Please visit the following websites for valuable resources in combating this issue.

Together we can make our community a safer place.