What Is Bullying? Bullying is when kids hurt or scare other kids on purpose. There area lotof different ways that someone can bully a person. Verbally – By name calling or teasing Socially – By spreading rumors, leaving someone out, or ruining a friendship Physically – By hitting, punching, or shoving Cyberbullying – Teasing or spreading rumors about someone online Bullying is not very nice!
Bullying Statistics 77% of the students say they have been bullied. 14% of those bullied said they experienced bad reactions to the abuse. 1 out of 5 kids admits to being a bully or engaging in bullying behavior A child is bullied approximately every 7 minutes on the playground. 85% of the time there is NO intervention. (Statistics from American Justice Department, 2007)
Why Is Bullying Bad? Bullying has a negative impact on everyone involved.Impact on Victims: Impact on Bullies: Impact on Bystanders:•Anxiety •Get into frequent fights •Increase vulnerability•Loneliness •Be injured in a fight •Lower feelings of personal•Low self-esteem •Vandalize property safety•Poor social self-competence •Steal property•Depression •Drinkinto frequent alcohol•Psychosomatic symptoms •Smoke•Social withdrawal •Be truant from school•Physical health complaints •Drop out of school•Running away from home •Carry a weapon•Alcohol and drug use •Become a criminal.•Suicide•Poor academic performance
What Our Government is Doing Anti-Bullying Laws 41 states have enacted some form of an anti-bullying law Prohibits any behavior that can be considered harassment, intimidation or bullying. Kansas passed an anti-bullying law in 2007. Bullying Prevention Programs “The Kansas Bullying Prevention program is designed to provide the tools needed to recognize bullying behaviors and take appropriate steps to redirect the behavior.” StopBullyingKansas.org
What Our School Is Doing Anti-Bullying Task Force Teachers, counselors, parents, and students meet once a month to discuss and address bullying issues within the school and community. Stop Bullying Now! Campaign Members of school community participate in ongoing training sessions, specialized classroom lessons, presentations, and out-of-school programs. StopBullyingNow.com
What YOU Can Do Peer Advocacy Speak up when you see bullying Reach out to others who are bullied Be a friend whenever you see bullying Family Activities The following activities are great ideas for your family to do together to help prevent bullying and bullying behavior.
Learn to Handle Emotions Brainstorm special ways to stay calm. Breathe deeply, go for a walk, or ride a bike and get exercise. Focus on a happy memory. Brainstorm special, happy memories with your family. Take turns describing memories in great detail. How did you feel in the moment? What made the moment special? Think of a happy or silly tune. You may want to make up a fun song together or use a favorite chant or song.SpongeBob is NOT handlinghis emotions very effectively! By learning the skills needed to deal with anger or fear, children will be able to handle their emotions more easily when getting into an argument or facing a bully.
Join a Team Team sports are a great way to boost self-esteem and learn how to cooperate with others. You may want to join a soccer or softball team, or try out for gymnastics or dance. Getting plenty of physical exercise helps children grow up to be strong, healthy, and confident adults. Athletics also help children learn to work well with others and stand up for themselves.
Get To Know Your Classmates Do you both (student and parents) know the names of all the children in the class? See if you can learn the names of the children in the class together, as well as one special thing about each child. Our 2nd Grade Class
Sources American Justice Department http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/e12011405.pdf Bullying Information Center http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing Stop Bullying http://www.stopbullying.gov Kansas Bullying Prevention Program http://www.stopbullyingkansas.org Stop Bullying Now! Campaign http://www.stopbullyingnow.com National Bullying Prevention Center http://www.pacer.org/bullying