Help Keep Our Schools Safe

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    Tripping or pushing, spreading rumors, excluding a classmate from playing a game at recess – all of these behaviors are concerning and upsetting. Hearing that your child is a witness to a classmate being treated this way is also upsetting. We all want our kids to be safe. NOTE: Not all conflicts are bullying or harassment.

    Bullying
    • Aggression toward another person that occurs repeatedly over time
    • The harm is intentional and planned
    • The aggression is usually unprovoked
    • One person/persons who are the aggressors have more power than the victim of the aggression

    Cyberbullying
    • Cyberbullying is bullying using technology (e-mail, text messaging, the internet, social media, etc.)

    Harassment
    • Aggression focused on a student’s race, national origin, religion, disability, or sex
    • Aggression that is severe, persistent, or pervasive

    Peer Conflict
    • A one-time or isolated act of aggression between students
    • The balance of power is equal or nearly equal between the students
    • Peer conflict is not a group of students picking on one student
    • Students involved in the conflict are willing to work out their differences or leave each other alone

    What if you suspect your child is being bullied?
    • First, focus on your child
    • Be supportive and listen
    • Gather information (who, what, when, where)
    • Discourage physical retaliation
    • Contact your child’s Principal and/or School Counselor
    • Provide factual information about the incident
    • Work with school staff to create a safety plan for your student 
    • If the bullying continues contact the Principal again
    • Teach your child strategies to avoid bullying
    • Encourage participation in school and community activities
    • Encourage and support positive friendships
    • Teach your child to seek help from an adult if he or she is being bullied

    What can you do to help stop bullying?

    • Stand up for the victim and tell the bully to stop
    • If you don't feel safe, seek adult help immediately
    • Support the victim and be friendly
    • Report the incident to your school Principal or School Counselor

    What if you are being bullied?

    • Know you are not alone
    • Tell the nearest adult, Counselor, or Principal what happened so that they can create a plan to keep you safe and provide consequences for the bully that will stop the behavior