Presentation on theme: "Dealing with Bullying: Prevention & Intervention"— Presentation transcript:
1 Dealing with Bullying: Prevention & Intervention Maureen M. Welch Elementary
2 What is Bullying?Bullying is when a stronger, more powerful person hurts or frightens a weaker person on purpose and repeatedly (again and again).Bullying behavior is when someone is hurt physically, socially, and/or emotionally by words or actions.
3 School Board Definition of Bullying as Outlined in Policy No. 218.10 Bullying means a communication or act that is intentional and delivered in electronic, written, verbal or physical form to another student or students, which occurs in or by way of a school setting that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following:1. Substantially interfering with a student’s education; or2. Creating a threatening environment; or3. Substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.Bullying, as defined in this policy, includes communication delivered through the internet (Cyberbullying).
4 Direct Bullying Physical Kicking, biting, punching, hitting, damaging others’ property, stealing, etc.Verbal (Emotional and/or Social) (the most common form of bullying)Threatening, teasing, embarrassing others, name calling, gossiping, spreading rumors, shunning, picking on or attacking others because they are different, etc.
5 Indirect Bullying Physical Verbal Non-Verbal Getting someone else to kick, hit, setting others up, showing your fist, etc.VerbalSaying lies about someone, talking behind people’s back, telling secrets, encouraging bullying, etc.Non-VerbalLeaving someone out of the group, not letting your friend play with someone else (Relational Bullying), Instant Messaging (Cyber Bullying), laughing at someone
6 What is the Potential Impact of Bullying on Targets/Victims? Bullying hurts for a long timeSome children are impacted long term with sadness, depression, and/or anxietyPeople don’t “get over” being bulliedMany adults can remember times when they were bullied as children
7 Targets/Victims Tend To… Be quiet & sensitiveBe insecure, have little confidenceBe physically weaker than peersBe afraid of getting hurtFind it easier to associate with adults than with peersBe hyperactive, restless , have difficulty concentratingHot-tempered, attempt to fight or answer back when they feel attacked or insultedClumsy and immatureHave difficulty reading social signals
8 Children Who Bully Tend To… Have more positive attitude toward violenceGain satisfaction from hurting someoneHave difficulty conforming to rulesBe aggressive to adults, quick temper, easily frustratedBe stronger than peersAppear tough, show little compassion for victimsBe good at talking themselves out of situationsGain followers because of fear and power
9 What is MMW Doing to Prevent Bullying? Second StepLife SkillsRestorative PracticesGuidance Curriculum in K-6Positive Behavior Support Plan (PBS)Teacher MailboxesRecess/Lunch/Bus TrainingTrouble Free Playground GamesMMW Bullying Pledge
10 Interventions: How MMW Responds to Bullying Gathering of information as soon as a report of bullying is made (talking with the target, bystanders, and person(s) accused of bullying)Disciplinary action taken when appropriateFollow up discussions with the children who are involved and possibly a restorative meeting between the target and child who bulliedContacting parents of all children who are involvedCommunication with all teachers of children involved if bullying situation was addressed by the guidance counselor and/or principal
11 How Parents can Help Get the facts and listen to your child Stay calm and be objectiveYou may not have the whole storyAssure your child that the problem will be addressedGather as many details as possibleWhere, when, who was involvedKeep records of when your child is bullied. This will help to show that there is a pattern and that it is not just a one time event.
12 How Parents can Help cont’d… Communicate with the schoolEncourage your child to speak to his/her teacher or other school personnel verbally or in writing.If your child is not comfortable speaking up, you can contact your child’s teacher, principal, or school counselorContinue to maintain open communication with school personnel
13 How Parents can Help cont’d… Encourage your child to use strategies that they have learnedTell the bully to stopWalk awayKnow that it is not your faultTell adults at home and at schoolStay with trusted friendsHang out with people who will let you be youDon’t be a bully yourself
14 Case Studies: Lunch - Two girls move away from one Recess - Boys exclude another from a game/activityBus – Teasing a boy about liking a girl