Bullying Prevention Program
Bullying occurs with alarming frequency in all schools. Studies show that a significant number of children are bullied on a daily basis, interrupting learning and attendance. All students participate in class lessons surrounding this topic at each grade level. Bullying does not, and should not, be a rite of passage for our children. We have the power to create a safe learning environment for all of our students at Southern Columbia Area Middle School. It is our hope that all parents will support our teachers in the implementation of this program.
Bullying definition – A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself (Olweus, 1986, 1993, 2010).
The bullying phenomenon is characterized by the following three circumstances:
-The behavior is aggressive and “malicious”.
-It is repeated and goes on over some time.
-It occurs in an interpersonal relationship that is characterized by a certain imbalance in strength or power.
School Rules Against Bullying
-We will not bully others.
-We will try to help students who are bullied.
-We will make it a point to include students who are easily left out.
-When we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
Things Students Can Do
Parents may tell their children to strike back at bullies. Usually, that creates more problems than it solves. But, if you’re being bullied, you aren’t helpless. You can do some things that may stop the bullying. Here are some things you might try:
-Tell a friend. Ask your friend to help you – it’s tougher to pick on a person who has someone there for support.
-Walk away. It’s harder to bully someone who won’t stand still to listen.
-Chill out. Bullies seem to target kids who respond to their taunts – girls who cry easily or boys who have a tendency to fly off the handle. So try hard not to show any emotion. Practice by looking in the mirror if you have to. It’s not fun to bully someone who doesn’t seem to care.
-Try not to be alone in places where the bully picks on you. This may mean you need to sit in different places on the bus or take a different way to school.
-Don’t fight back. Usually, bullies are bigger and stronger than you are. If you try to fight, you’ll probably lose. You could make the situation worse. Or you could even get blamed for starting a fight.
-Write it down. Keep track of what happens – dates, times, places. Write down exactly what the bully says and does. When you are ready to tell an adult, you’ll have proof.
What should a student do if they feel they are being bullied? (Tell an adult)
It’s pretty tough to stop bullying by yourself … or even with the help of friends. So, if you’ve tried some of the things on the list above and the bullying hasn’t stopped, it’s time for you to tell an adult .
Nobody likes to admit that they’re being bullied. Some kids think they’re being a “tattletale” if they tell an adult. That’s not true. Kids have a right to be safe from attacks. Often a bully has more than one victim – so if you don’t tell, the bully will just keep on harassing other people, too.
Start by telling your parents. Show them the things you’ve written down. Ask them to tell a teacher or your principal. You can always go to your teacher or principal too.
There are things schools can do to stop kids from bullying – but they can’t take action if they don’t know what’s happening (usually bullies are cleaver enough to do their bullying when no adults are around).
What should parents do if they think their child is being bullied?
Call the principal and talk. The school is here to provide the best learning environment it can. That means the school should be a safe place to be. Communication is the key. The more the school and home talk, the better things will be.
1. Bullying/Cyberbullying- SCA Board Policy
2. National Association of School Psychologists Report on Bullying
3. Parents and Bullying
4. Bullying At School & Online