Help Keep Our Schools Safe

  • Tripping or pushing, spreading rumors, excluding a classmate from playing a game at recess – these are all types of bullying. Having one of these behaviors directed at your child is 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.

    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
    Not all conflicts are bullying or harrassament.

    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 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
    • Commit to making the bullying stop
    • 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