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Bullying Prevention

Bullying is...

Repeated exposure, over time, to negative actions from one or more students intended to inflict injury or discomfort. Bullying is characterized by aggressive behavior or intentional "harm doing", repeatedly carried out over time, intended to create a power imbalance.

Bullying at school can occur in all areas including the gym, playground, hallways, bathrooms, and on school buses. Bullying rarely occurs in the classroom or where adults are present. Often bullies try to gain the loyalty of bystanders who want to avoid becoming the next victim.

Students should be encouraged to speak up and tell a trusted adult when they experience or witness bullying at school.

Strategies for Parents

 

If you suspect your child is being bullied, what can you do?

  • Talk with your child, listen, and be supportive.

  • Be sure your child understands that bullying is not a one-time incident, but rather a pattern or repeated behavior.

  • Discuss appropriate strategies with your child such as staying with other people, walking away, or role-playing how to verbally stand up for him or herself.

  • Encourage your child to talk to his or her teacher or a trusted adult on campus.

  • Remember, if your child is showing possible warning signs of bullying, make sure you talk with your child and/or your campus counselor as these signs could also be indicators of another issue or concern.

  • Contact your child's principal for assistance.

Strategies for Students

 
  • Tell your parents, teacher, principal, counselor, or other trusted adults.

  • Don't fight back, show anger or fear.

  • Calmly tell the bullying student to stop or say nothing and walk away.

  • Use humor in the situration if it is easy for you to do.

  • Practice role-playing how to verbally stand up for yourself with a parent or trusted adult.

  • Avoid situations in which bullying is likely to happen such as areas of the school where there are not many students or adults around.

  • Try to stay with a friend or group of friends in places like the lunchroom, restroom, or locker room.
 

Types of Bullying

  
  • Physical: includes repeated incidents of hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, taking belongings, using a weapon, etc...

  • Verbal: includes repeated incidents of name calling, teasing, insulting, racist remarks, anonymous phone calls, etc...

  • Relational or emotional: includes repeated incidents of spreading rumors, excluding from groups, intimidating or using peer pressure and manipulation to isolate or hurt a person's feelings.

  • Cyber: includes repeated incidents of bullying through email, instant messaging, chat rooms, website posts, or texts or pictures sent to a cell phone.

Warning Signs

 The student...
  • Seems afraid of going to school and/or attendance drops.
  • Changes route to and from school.
  • Has unexplained cuts, bruises, and tears in clothing.
  • Disconnects from people and isolates him or herself.
  • Complains of physical ailments, loss of appetite, and /or inability to sleep.
  • Appears sad, depressed, anxious, and moody.