Presentation on theme: "Bullying A Bullying Prevention Program Overview for MCCPS Faculty What Can We Do? Jeanne Dowdell UNE: EDU 615August 6, 2010."— Presentation transcript:
Bullying A Bullying Prevention Program Overview for MCCPS Faculty What Can We Do? Jeanne Dowdell UNE: EDU 615August 6, 2010
Bullying is repeated negative actions, over time, from one or more persons towards another. Bullying uses the powers of intimidation, threats, and verbal, physical or emotional abuse. Bullying can erode the fabric of a school community for all members. Schools need to be safe and secure for everyone. True learning only happens in peaceable, cooperative, and respectful places. Massachusetts law now requires every school district to implement and maintain a bully prevention program. What is bullying? Why do we need to address it?
A Comprehensive Approach Effective programs involve... School District Parents Teachers Students
Assess bullying at our school Form a group to coordinate bullying prevention. Construct a program designed for our needs. Design a system of consequences for bullying. Garner staff and parent support and provide training. Coordinate community resources. School Join with the broader school community to foster awareness and involvement. Talk with your child about school and peer relationships. Communicate bullying incidences to your child’s teacher. Participate in bullying prevention programs. Model positive communication skills. Parents Sustain engaging and caring classrooms with clear expectations. Promote student choice and positive self-attributes. Intervene consistently and appropriately when students bully. Teach and model important social skills. Document and report any bullying incidences to our principal. Teachers Tell an adult when you are being bullied or witness bullying. Talk with your parents and teachers when you need help. Make “apologies of action” when you’ve hurt someone’s feelings. Actively participate in class meetings. Students A Comprehensive Approach
Perspective taking Anger management and impulse control Cooperation How to be a friend Empathy “I” messages Healthy expression of feelings Feelings Vocabulary Active listening Win-win conflict resolution Problem solving Appreciation of differences
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