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
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