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1 BULLYING IN THE CLASSROOM AND ON CAMPUS What It Looks Like And What To Do About It

2 SETH’S LAW  “Seth’s Law” is a one-year old law that strengthens existing state anti-bullying laws to help protect all California public school students. Seth’s Law requires public schools in California to update their anti-bullying policies and programs, and it focuses on protecting students who are bullied based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity/gender expression, as well as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, disability and religion.

3 DUSD BOARD POLICY  The DUSD Governing Board recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student learning and school attendance and desires to provide safe school environments that protect students from physical and emotional harm. District employees shall establish student safety as a high priority and shall not tolerate bullying of any student.  No student or group of students shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any other student or school personnel (BP ).  Discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying directed at someone associated with a person or group with one or more of the listed actual or perceived characteristics is also prohibited (Education Code Section (a))

4 What is Bullying? ►No student or group of students shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, cyber bully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any other student or school personnel. ►Cyber bullying includes the transmission of harassing communications, direct threats, or other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social media, or other technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device. Cyber bullying also includes breaking into another person’s electronic account and assuming that person’s identity in order to damage that person’s reputation.

5 Bullying Statistics Source:  Bullying against boys is a more frequent occurrence than by girls.  Around 10% of children have time off school due to bullying.  Up to 40% of children think teachers have no clue that bullying is happening within the school.  Almost one third of secondary school children have reported being the object of sexual jokes, gestures or comments.  Victims of bullying are more likely to suffer from common illnesses such as colds, sore throats and stomach problems.  By the average age of 23 children who had been bullied in school were found to still suffer from depression and stress related illnesses.  Nearly 60% of boys who were classified as bullies when they were younger had been convicted of at least one crime by the time they were 23.  For more us educational stats-

6 FORMS OF BULLYING  PHYSICAL  This type of maltreatment involves physically contacting the student (kicking, hitting, etc.). It can also entail stealing or hiding the belongings of the affected students. VERBAL  It involves name calling, insults, offensive and threatening language. ► SOCIAL  This aspect could include gestures or comments, spreading rumors or stories, graffiti and defacing property, social isolation or exclusion.  ► VERBAL It involves name calling, insults, offensive and threatening language

7 FORMS OF BULLYING  CYBERBULLYING This is the modern extension of bullying. This occurs via the Internet, cell phones or other cyber technology. This can include: (1) sending malicious text, , or instant messages (2) posting defamatory pictures or messages about others in blogs or on websites (3) using someone else’s user name to spread rumors or lies about someone. More commonly, students are using sites such as Facebook to carry out these bullying tactics. It is essential that teachers/staff be on the lookout for signs of bullying. Here are a few of the characteristics that may be displayed by a student who is being bullied: Unexplained bruises A decline in academic performance Anxiety in the class An unusual sadness or withdrawal from peers. Attendance issues

8 DUSD Complaint & Investigation  Students may submit to a teacher or administrator a verbal or written complaint of conduct they consider to be bullying. Complaints of bullying shall be investigated and resolved in accordance with site-level grievance procedures specified in AR Sexual Harassment.  When a student is reported to be engaging in bullying off campus, the Superintendent or designee shall investigate and document the activity and shall identify specific facts or circumstances that explain the impact or potential impact on school activity, school attendance, or the targeted student's educational performance.  When the circumstances involve cyberbullying, individuals with information about the activity shall be encouraged to save and print any electronic or digital messages sent to them that they feel constitute cyberbullying and to notify a teacher, the principal, or other employee so that the matter may be investigated.  If the student is using a social networking site or service that has terms of use that prohibit posting of harmful material, the Superintendent or designee also may file a complaint with the Internet site or service to have the material removed.

9 INTERVENTION  Students are encouraged to notify school staff when they are being bullied or suspect that another student is being victimized. In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall develop means for students to report threats or incidents confidentially and anonymously.  School staff who witness bullying shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so. (Education Code 234.1)234.1  As appropriate, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the parents/guardians of victims and perpetrators. He/she also may involve school counselors, mental health counselors, and/or law enforcement.

10 DISCIPLINE  Any student who engages in bullying on school premises, or off campus in a manner that causes or is likely to cause a substantial disruption of a school activity or school attendance, shall be subject to discipline, which may include suspension or expulsion, in accordance with district policies and regulations.

11 Strategies for Teachers/Staff Source :  Talk to your students about bullying (set the tone on the first day of class)  Make anti-bullying part of your lessons  Give the students a list of anti-bullying rules that you can also hang somewhere in the classroom  Get parents involved!  Hang anti-bullying posters in classrooms and around the school  Train students on how to deal with bullying (ex: scenarios)  Do activities that promote class/school unity and cooperation  Have an anonymous “notes-to-the-teacher” box  Take every student’s complaint seriously  Post District Policy in every classroom/office  Keep your eyes and ears open at all times!


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