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1 Information to Help Protect Our Students

2 Bullying, unlike isolated conflicts between individuals, occurs when a student or group of students targets an individual repeatedly over time, using physical, or psychological aggression to dominate the victims.

3 Bullying" means engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that 1. Location occurs on school property, or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District and that, and 2. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, or damaging a student s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student s person, or placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to the student s property, or is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student, and

4 3. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and 4. Interferes with a student s education, or 5. Substantially disrupts the operation of a school.

5 Physical Harm to another s body or property VICTIM Emotional Harm to another s self worth Social Harm to another s group acceptance

6 Verbal Aggression Insults, putdowns, teasing, harassment OVERT OR DIRECT Physical Shoves, pushes, hitting, assault Nuisance Provokes by teasing peers and irritating others Psychological Rolling eyes, dirty looks, uttering threats, extortion

7 Exclusion Excluding or isolating victim from group; Leaving out; Shunning Gossip Spreading rumors; Lowering people s opinion About the victim COVERT OR INDIRECT Relational Aggression Telling people not to be friends with a victim High-Tech/ Cyber , Text, or Social Media Bullying

8 Cyberbullying may include Sending mean messages or threats to a person's account or cell phone Spreading rumors online or through texts Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages Stealing a person's account information to break into their account and send damaging messages Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet Sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person

9 Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression or physical conduct against another student and the behavior: Results in harm to the student or the student s property, Places a student in fear of physical harm or of damage to the student s property, or Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment.

10 Bullying is prohibited by the district and could include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, assault, demands for money, confinement, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name-calling, rumor-spreading, and ostracism. In some cases, bullying can occur through electronic methods, called cyberbullying.

11 Children who bully typically demonstrate a strong sense of self-esteem They like to feel powerful and in control They may be popular with their peers They are more likely to engage in other problem behaviors later in life, such as criminal activity or alcohol or other drug abuse

12 Bullies often come from homes that use physical punishment to discipline Caregivers of bullies are typically uninvolved and lack warmth Children who bully are often defiant toward authority figures and are apt to break rules

13 Passive Victims Children who are bullied are often insecure, quiet, socially isolated, anxious, and have low selfesteem They are unlikely to defend themselves or retaliate They tend to be weaker than their peers They tend to normalize and no longer are victims upon entering adulthood, though they may have continued lower self-esteem and be more prone to depression Parents of these children are often overprotective or enmeshed with them

14 Provocative Victims Children who are reactive, clumsy, impulsive, or act in ways that irritate others Children who attempt to fight or answer back when attacked, but not effectively Often hyperactive or have difficulty concentrating Children who are bullied perceive parent or teacher intervention to be ineffective and are unlikely to report the problem

15 Bullying is a harmless rite of passage that all children will experience Bullying only happens when physical violence is involved. Unless bullying is likely to lead to physical injury, it is best left to be resolved by children and their peers Children who bully just suffer from low self-esteem. Victims just need to learn how to stand up for themselves. Victims bring bullying on themselves.

16 The average bullying behavior lasts only 37 seconds. Debra Pepler, Ph.D., York University 75% of teachers think they always intervene in bullying episodes. Pepler, D and Craig, W Making a difference in bullying, York University Teachers notice and intervene in only4 out of 25 episodes in the classroom and 1 out of 25 episodes on school grounds. Debra Pepler, Ph.D., York University In 85% of bullying episodes peers are present. Pepler, D and Craig, W Making a difference in bullying, York University

17 70% of bullying is verbal with an equal number of girls and boys participating. Coloroso, B. The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander When peers intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds, 57% of the time. Pepler, D and Craig, W, Naturalistic Observations of Peer Interventions in Bullying Among Elementary School Children. Social Development 47% of the parents said a K-6 child of theirs had been bullied, while 77% of teachers said a K-6 student of theirs had been bullied. Both results indicate that bullying in school is fairly common. MARC USA/Pittsburgh Survey for the National PTA.

18 Parents see their role in preventing or dealing with bullying as involving pursuit of solutions with other parties, such as teachers, school administrators and parents of the bully. MARC USA/Pittsburgh Survey for the National PTA Teachers mainly see their role in preventing or dealing with bullying in terms of their own actions rather than pursuing solutions with others. MARC USA/Pittsburgh Survey for the National PTA

19 Peer Mediation is not Effective in Situations of Bullying. 1. Bullying is not a conflict, but is abuse. 2.There is not a question of some right and some wrong on both sides. 3.The playing field or balance of power, is not level. 4.Adults need to claim responsibility. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Group, % of people who bullied others when they were in grades 6 through 9 had at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24..

20 An estimated160,000 U.S. students miss school each day due to fear of bullying Bullied children are more likely to get sick Bullied teens are more likely to drink and become aggressive Victims of bullying are more likely to have psychological problems as adults Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.

21 Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying. More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber-threats online. Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet. Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyberbullying occurs.

22 Raise awareness of all district staff. Rates of school bullying drop significantly when all staff members are able to identify the signs of bullying and intervene consistently whenever they observe unsafe, disrespectful, or hurtful behaviors. Create a framework for responding to bullying Continually improve overall school environment at each campus Ensure change is occurring in the classroom Empower students to help prevent bullying

23 Bullying behaviors should be addressed before it interferes with the health, academics or learning process of a student.

24 Set a positive climate, build community Talk about bullying, cyber-bullying and antibullying policies to students Spend non-academic time with young people Learn where the hot spots are and be present in those locations Establish and enforce penalties for aggression that are inevitable, predictable, escalating

25 Differences between bullying and normal peer conflict Potential strategies to use depending on the situation o Report incident to an adult o Call for others to help o Walk away o Be calm and assertive Shared commitment to working against bullying in the school

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