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Bullying Prevention

At our school we believe that all students have a right to learn in a safe and supportive environment. We work to promote a positive school climate of mutual respect with clear behavioral expectations. We educate our school staff and students about bullying and its negative impact on others. We teach appropriate interpersonal skills for aggressors, targets and bystanders. Bullying is NOT just a fact of life. Bullying affects everyone and everyone has a role to play in preventing and stopping this behavior.

Our Rules regarding Bullying:
I will not bully others.
I will try to help other students who are bullied.
I will make a point to include students who are easily left out.
If I know someone is being bullied, I will tell a teacher and an adult at home.

Bullying is...

A child is being bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more people. Bullying involves an imbalance of power. Both direct and indirect bullying may include, but are not limited to:

*Verbal - name calling, teasing, threatening...

*Physical - hitting, pushing, kicking, intimidation

*Emotional - spreading rumors, gossip, deliberate exclusion from a group or activity

*Cyberbullying - the use of technology to degrade or humiliate another person or group

Warning signs that your child may be being bullied:
Fearful about attending school
Poor appetite, headaches, stomachaches
Unexpected mood shifts
Doesn’t bring home friends
Problems sleeping
Loses interest in school work, declining grades
Passive or submissive personality
Difficulty standing up for themselves
Quiet, withdrawn and shy

Tips for Parents:
Talk to and listen to your children –empathize with them. Tell them that bullying is wrong and it is not their fault. Don’t assume your child did something to provoke the bullying. Encourage them to talk about it.
Spend quality time with your children. Be a positive role model – encourage kindness, discourage disrespectful comments about anyone.
Respect others and stand up for yourself when people don’t respect you. Teach your children not to be a bystander.
Do NOT encourage retaliation.
Encourage your child to tell the aggressor to stop or walk away and get an adult – Never tell your children to ignore repeated bullying!
Help your children feel good about themselves in a healthy way. Encourage your children to develop interests and hobbies that help build resiliency and self-esteem.
Encourage your children to set and reach goals.
Use positive discipline and teach nonviolence.
Encourage your children to make contact with friendly students in their class, or help your children meet new friends outside of school.
Contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or principal and share your concerns about the bullying that your child has experienced.
Check your emotions. A parent’s protective instincts stir strong emotions. Although it is difficult, step back and consider the next steps carefully. Work closely with school personnel to help solve the problem.

What do do if your child bullies others:

If your child bullies others at school, it will need to be stopped. Here are some things you can do at home to address the issue with your child.
Make it clear to your child that you take bullying seriously and that it is not okay.
Make rules within your family for your child’s behavior. Praise your child for following the rules and use nonphysical and logical consequences when rules are broken.
Spend lots of time with your child and keep close track of his or her activities. Find out who your child’s friends are and how and where they spend their free time.
Build on your child’s talents by encouraging him or her to get involved in positive activities (such as clubs, music lessons, or nonviolent sports).
Share your concerns with your child’s teacher, counselor, and/or principal. Work together to send a clear message to your child that his or her bullying must stop.
If you or your child need more help, talk with a school counselor and/or mental health professional.