Bully Prevention Project Team Prevention/Intervention Department Student Support Services Dekalb County School System
Working Together …. …We Can Build a Community of Respect
No Place for Hate Training Objectives: Overview of No Place for Hate Overview of No Place for Hate Understanding of Bullying Prevention Understanding of Bullying Prevention Review of project benchmarks Review of project benchmarks
Academic Achievement School Safety/Discipline Workplace Readiness in a Global Society Teacher/Staff Morale The Need/The Impact
GOALS Enhance or create a culture of respect. Celebrate diversity Empower members of the school community to challenge all forms of bigotry.
Why No Place for Hate ® ? Reduce bullying, name-calling and other expressions of biasReduce bullying, name-calling and other expressions of bias Create a safer learning environmentCreate a safer learning environment Promote unity and pridePromote unity and pride Live by the core value of respect for others.Live by the core value of respect for others.
We pledge, from this day forward, to do our best to combat prejudice and to stop those who violate the civil rights of others. We will seek to understand those who are different. We believe that one person can make a difference and that no person should stand by when it comes to opposing hate. We will speak out against prejudice and discrimination. We will reach out to those who are victims of hate. We know that we must all promote harmony, equality and respect. By signing the pledge, we commit ourselves to creating a community that is No Place for Hate®. Resolution of Respect
I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly. I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly. I promise to do my best to be kind to everyone even if they are not like me. I promise to do my best to be kind to everyone even if they are not like me. If I see someone being hurt or bullied, I will tell a teacher. If I see someone being hurt or bullied, I will tell a teacher. Everyone should be able to feel safe and happy in school. Everyone should be able to feel safe and happy in school. I want our school to be No Place for Hate®. I want our school to be No Place for Hate®. No Place for Hate ® Promise
Form a No Place for Hate Team to Oversee Anti-Bias and Diversity Education Activities STEP TWO Consider including all parts of your community: n Teachers/Administrators/Staff n Parents n Students n Community Members
What is Bullying? Bullying is any ongoing physical or Verbal mistreatment where there is: an imbalance of power and the victim (target) is exposed repeatedly to negative actions on the part of one or more other students. (Loweu 1986, 1991 and 1993)
The average bullying behavior lasts only 37 seconds. Teachers notice and intervene in only 1 out of 25 episodes. Occurs at least 2 – 3 times per month. Debra Pepler, Ph.D., York University
Bullying can be: DIRECT Face to face Verbal Insults, putdowns, teasing, harassment Physical Shoves, pushes, hitting, assault Psychological Rolling eyes, dirty looks, uttering threats, extortion
Bullying can be: Relational Aggression Telling people not to be friends with a victim INDIRECT Behind someones back Exclusion Leaving out Shunning Gossip Lowering peoples opinion About the victim
What is Bullying? It involves a power imbalance between Bully and Victim: Number, Size, Status, Role, Culture, Ethnicity.
Characteristics of a bully High self-esteem May be popular More likely to engage in other problem behaviors later in life, such as criminal activity or alcohol or other drug abuse High self-esteem May be popular More likely to engage in other problem behaviors later in life, such as criminal activity or alcohol or other drug abuse
Characteristics of Victims Quiet, anxious & insecure 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 Passive Provocative Reactive, clumsy, impulsive, irritating Reactive, clumsy, impulsive, irritating Attempt to fight or answer back when attacked, but not effectively Often hyperactive, have difficulty concentrating and act in ways that irritate others
Bullying is violence Violence is any mean word, look, sign, or act that hurts a persons body, feelings, or things.
71% of school shooters had been victims of bullying.
Bully Starts the bullying and takes an active partFollower/Henchman Takes an active part, but does not start the bullying Supporter Supports the bullying but does not take an active part Passive Supporter (Possible Bully) Likes the bullying but does not display open support Disengaged Onlooker Possible Defender Dislikes the bullying and thinks he ought to help but doesnt Defender of the Victim Dislikes the bullying and helps or tries to help the victim
Enabling is unwittingly protecting a person from the consequences of their actions out of a sense of love, compassion, fear, or survival instinct Entitlement is the belief that it is our right to use violence or threats of violence to express feelings, meet needs, or satisfy wants. occurs when violence is accepted as the norm by adults or young people who ignore, rationalize, or minimize incidents of violence. Tolerance
How far should things go before bullying behavior is addressed? Bullying behaviors should be addressed before it interferes with the health, academics or learning process of a student.
2007-2008 BENCHMARKS 1 st Semester 1. Attend a two hour No Place for Hate training. 2. Form a committee to oversee anti-bias. activities in your school. 3. Deliver No Place for Hate training to the faculty of your school. 4. Facilitate the implementation of a minimum of two projects that celebrate diversity and promote respect. 5. Submit the first semester No Place for Hate report form to the Prevention/Intervention office.
2007-2008 BENCHMARKS 2nd Semester 1. Facilitate at least two meetings of the No Place for Hate school committee. 2. Facilitate the implementation of a minimum of two additional projects that celebrate diversity and promote respect. 3. Implement the No Place for Hate evaluation survey. 4. Submit the second semester No Place for Hate report form to the Prevention/Intervention office.