What is BULLYING?
Bullying is any unwanted teasing, hurting or information of a person by another person or group that continues in repeated pattern after the person has been asked to stop. This may include verbal, written, non-verbal body language, physical aggression, exclusion, sexual harassment, or cyber communication.
What is CYBERBULLYING?
CYBERBULLYING is bullying activity communicated through formats including but not limited to: email, texting, social networking, Skype, You Tube or other electronic publications which cause material and/or substanial disruption to school activities regardless of georgraphic origin and will not be tolerated. The school will take appropriate actions in respnse to cyber bullying, including notification of law enforcement officials when appropriate. Students and families are encouraged to notify school authorities immediately and document the activity.
Suggestions for parents of children who may experience bullying.
1. The child should be encouraged to identify the bullying behavior and tell the bully to stop! Work with your child to practice these "I" statements. "I" do not like that. "I" will tell. "I" do not deserve to be treated this way. Say it firmly and in a loud voice. This helps to empower the target students and may alert a teacher that there is a problem.
2. Discuss the difference between mean or thoughtless behaviors and bullying. Bullying is a repeated offense.
3. Empower your child to tell his/her teacher about bullying. This could include situations that are witnessed, gossiped about or experienced. Teachers need as much information as possible so they are able to investigate instances of bullying involved or who witnessed the incident are important.
4. Teachers will investigate, speak to witness, gather data, and keep records of bullying incidents. These records are important in relation to the consequences of bullying behavior.
5. If your child will not notify the teacher, parents are encouraged to do so.