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1 Student Safety Presentation Salado ISD

2 Safety is our #1 Goal The main goal for all school districts is to provide a safe and secure learning and working environment for our students and staff.

3 Student Safety Presentation Safety concerns include: –Bullying –Cyberbullying –Harassment –Sexting –Inappropriate Relationships

4 What is Bullying? Under Texas Education Code Section 37.0832, bullying is defined as "engaging in written, verbal or electronic expression or physical conduct that occurs on school property, in a school vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity" that results in the following: Has or will have the effect of physically harming a student Damaging property or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to person or property Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive environment

5 What is Bullying? According to, bullying Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm; the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same person over and over by the same person or group

6 Examples of Bullying Verbal: name-calling, teasing Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships Physical: hitting, punching, shoving Cyberbullying: using the internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others

7 What are the various roles involved in bullying? Aggressor An aggressor is someone who engages in bullying someone else physically, verbally, or electronically. It is possible for someone who is initially a bystander or a target to become an aggressor. Target A target is someone who is being bullied by an aggressor. Sometimes this person stays a target the whole time, and other times a target can retaliate and become an aggressor. Bystander A bystander is someone who sees bullying behavior happening. It is possible for a bystander to become an aggressor and engage in bullying behavior. It is also possible for a bystander to become a target of bullying. Bystanders, however, have a special opportunity to safely and responsibly respond when they see someone being bullied, and they can also help protect others and prevent bullying from happening again in the future.

8 How can bullying be prevented? School policies prohibiting bullying Create an attitude among students and adults that bullying is not appropriate Educate bystanders to take appropriate action to address bullying behaviors Teach students and adults kindness and understanding towards all people

9 How should you respond to bullying? Safely help the target stay out of harm's way Politely but firmly say how bullying is inappropriate Report bullying behaviors to an adult immediately Support the target – be a friend

10 Bullying Defined

11 What is Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying can be defined as: Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices Bullying through email, instant messaging, chat room exchanges, web site posts, or digital messages or images sent to a cell phone or PDA Bullying through electronic expression (Texas Education Code Section 37.0832) Use of any electronic communication device to engage in bullying or intimidation (Texas Education Code 37.218)

12 Examples of Cyberbullying Insulting, harassing, humiliating, embarrassing, threatening wall posts, emails, IMs, texts Slam pages via profile, blog site, YouTube, etc. Picture placed on voting site without permission Profile on anonymous response site Fake profiles used for humiliation (may be a violation of Texas Penal Code Section 33.07, a possible third degree felony)

13 Examples of Cyberbullying Fake profiles for fake relationship Digital correspondence nurturing "fake" friendship, then "turn & burn" "Trolling" - provoking others into desired emotional response (push buttons) "Flaming" - "subtle" trolling that induces emotionally intense convo (gaming)

14 What is Harassment? Harassment means "threatening to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, engaging in sexually intimidating conduct, causing physical damage to the property of another student, subjecting another student to physical confinement or restraint, or maliciously taking any action that substantially harms another student's physical or emotional health or safety." (Texas Education Code 37.001)

15 What is Harassment? Like bullying, harassment is prohibited under Texas law (Texas Penal Code Section 42.07), and schools are required to create and enforce policies that protect students from it.

16 Examples of Harassment Telling someone that you are going to beat them up Unwanted groping, hugging, kissing; using vulgar or sexually provocative language Knocking tray of food over in cafeteria; spitting in food, etc. Shutting someone in a locker Driving dangerously on purpose to frighten other people in the vehicle

17 What is Sexting? Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages, photographs, or videos primarily between mobile phones (Wikipedia) — Texas law also includes any "electronic means," which includes computers and other digital devices.

18 Examples of Sexting You are at a party with a group of friends. They think it would liven up the party to take pictures of each other, without clothes and send them to each other. During exam week you are too busy to see your boyfriend/girlfriend in person, yet you want them to know that you are thinking of them. You decide to email them several photos you took of yourself with your clothes off. After you break up with them, your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend forwards a photo of you without clothes on—a photo you texted them, back when you were still dating— to a close friend of theirs who has promised not to share it with anyone else.

19 Student Online Use

20 Choose What Happens Next National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Remember, once you send an electronic message, picture, or video, you no longer have any control over it.

21 What are the consequences of sexting? Legal Texas Penal Code Section 43.261, it is possible for a minor to be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony offense for possession or promotion of child pornography, depending upon the circumstances. If a child is adjudicated for the offense of sexting, legal consequences may include probation until the child’s 18th birthday. If a minor who is not a child, is found guilty of the offense of sexting, penalties range from a fine not to exceed $500 to up to one year in jail. If an individual is convicted of the felony offense of possession or promotion of Child Pornography, penalties range from 2 to 20 years in prison. Social Even though you may engage in sexting just to get someone’s attention or to be funny, there is a good chance it could have a negative effect on your relationships with friends or family, and even your reputation. Emotional When your relationships with friends or family are negatively affected by sexting, this can be hard on you emotionally and linger much longer than you might think. Educational & Career Your decision to sext could prevent you from participating in activities at school, getting into college, or even getting a job – especially if sexually explicit pictures or videos of you end up on the Internet.

22 How are bullying, harassment, and sexting related? Bullying, harassment, and sexting may all overlap in certain cases. Take the example of the high school girl who voluntarily sends a photo of herself to her boyfriend. They break-up shortly after the photo is sent. He then sends the photo to all of his friends and classmates. The fact that the image is now being sent over and over between everyone involved is bullying and also harassment. The image is being used to continuously degrade or embarrass the girl who sent it. This creates a hostile environment at school, because she cannot escape the comments and ridicule. The act of sending the image, first by her ex-boyfriend, then a number of times by his friends, is a malicious act that harms her emotional health. It is also bullying or harassment to coerce someone to send you an inappropriate image or video by threatening to either not be their friend, spread rumors about them, or even break up with them if you are in a relationship. Making someone do something that is illegal – like sexting – is bullying and harassment.

23 Inappropriate Student/Staff Relationships The safety of our students and staff is the #1 goal of the Salado Independent School District. It is important to report any suspicion of an inappropriate relationship between a student and school staff member immediately to a parent or school administrator. Inappropriate relationships most often begin through texting or social media. Electronic communications between staff and students should only take place when communicating information for educational purposes. All other types of electronic communication are considered inappropriate and should be reported.

24 Inappropriate Student/Adult Relationships Inappropriate relationships would include: unwanted physical contact (e.g. hitting, slapping, kicking, pushing) or the threat of the same; sexual harassment including romantic relationships between adults and learners; loss of personal civility including shouting, personal attacks or insults, displays of temper (such as throwing objects); discrimination of any form including in teaching and assessment based upon age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation;

25 Ways to Report Report any incidences of bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, sexting or inappropriate relationships to a trusted adult immediately. Report bullying or harassing behaviors through SafeSchools Alert by: –Text 254-308-0610 –Email –Web –Phone 254.308.0610

26 SafeSchools Alert Click on the area that is circled in red to open the web site, then click on the link to “So How Do You Know You Are Being Bullied”

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