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  • As parents, we expect schools to provide an environment that is emotionally and physically safe for our children. It’s normal to feel terrified and enraged about any kind of threat to our children’s well being, especially in a place where they have to be. When your child is being bullied, it is normal for protective parents to want to fix the problem immediately. Parents also need to know how to respond if their children ask for help if they are being bullied because the idea of my children being harmed is not something anyone wants to consider. As a way of helping everyone especially the parents, who still find it quite hard to manage issues like this, I found this great application which featured safety app which gets me connected to a Safety Network or escalate my call to the nearest 911 when needed, it has other cool features that are helpful for your kids with just a press of a Panic Button. Check it here: http://www.SafeKidZone.com/
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Stop Bullying Project

  1. 1. The Step-by-Step Response to Bullying A Parent GuideGet the best outcome through awareness & community support! Denise Shields-Brewer, BA Psychology Copyright© 2010-2011 Stop Bullying Project
  2. 2. Phoenix Elementary Responds to BullyingWhat is the definition of “Bullying”? 1) Bullying includes behaviors and actions that are verbal, physical and/ or anti-social, such as exclusion, gossip and non-verbal body language. It can occur at school or in transit between school and home (2010). 2) Bullying is a form of abuse. It comprises repeated acts over time that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful individual or group abusing those who are less powerful. The power imbalance may be social power and/or physical power (2010).Phoenix Elementary School District No. 1 is proud to promote bully-freecommunities. You and your family are entitled to a safe living environment. Asparents, you are especially accountable for pro-actively enforcing a safecommunity for your children.The Step-by-Step Response to Bullying was developed through partnershipswith Safe Communications, Inc. and Crime Stop. The following informationwill equip you as a parent with effective steps on how to respond to bullying inschools and in your community. 2
  3. 3. 7 Step-by-Step Responses to Bullying at School 1) Communication with your child(ren) is always important. Get to know your child’s daily routine. Some suggestions to open a discussion with your child(ren) concerning bullying are asking: a. “How was your day?” (Pay attention to your child’s response and body language.) b. Measure your child’s response by asking how much the situation affects them. How long has the aggressor(s) pursued your child? c. Ask your child if he/she has communicated the unwanted treatment to the aggressor(s). (For example: “I don’t like it when you hit, push, take my things, etc., please stop!”) d. If your child answers “yes” to response “c”, ask your child if he/she has communicated the problem to their teacher or a school official. e. If your child answers “no” to response “c”, encourage your child to speak up and ask the aggressor(s) to stop the behavior. No one has a right to violate another person. 2) If the negative behavior by the aggressor(s) persists, you should call or visit the school and inform the teacher of your concerns with the unwanted behavior by the aggressor(s). (Request the name of each school official you speak with.) 3) Ask the school official about their policy on bullying? 4) Request for the aggressor(s) to be spoken to and informed of the school’s policy on bullying. 5) Parent(s) should continue to follow up with their child on a daily basis until the issue is resolved. 3
  4. 4. 6) If the negative behavior continues by the aggressor(s), contact the school Principal. Take the following steps and be sure to communicate your progress: a. Give the Principal names of all teacher(s) and/or school official(s) you’ve worked with and request the Principal follow up with them. b. Ask the school if they will contact the parent(s) of the aggressor(s), to inform them of their child’s actions/behaviors. c. Ask the school how they can ensure your child and the aggressor(s) are separated? d. Ask the Principal to follow up with you on a plan of action within 48 hours.7) If the problem persists after working with all school officials, ask the school if they will suspend or expel the aggressor(s) and/or you can call Crime Stop at (602) 262-6151. You have the right to request a Police Officer who will facilitate a school mediation involving you, your child, the aggressor(s), their parents, and the school officials. 4
  5. 5. 4 Step-by-Step Responses to Bullying in Your Community 1) Do not confront the aggressor(s) or their parent(s). 2) Contact Crime Stop (602) 262-6151or 9-1-1 immediately. 3) Follow the instruction(s) of the officer or phone representative. 4) If applicable, notify officials at your child’s school and ensure your child’s bus driver is also informed of any incidents. If possible, work closely with your child’s school to resolve the bullying issue.As leaders of your community, we encourage you to join other parents to forman “Ambassador Committee”. The Ambassador Committee will strengthenyour efforts to protect your children and your neighborhood.What is the Ambassador Committee? 1) The Ambassador Committee consists of volunteer parents whose interest is to eliminate bullying in the community in which they live. 2) The purpose of the Ambassador Committee is to monitor and propose new ideas towards the Stop Bullying Project. 3) As members of the Ambassador Committee assigned parents are expected to report helpful solutions on how to decrease bullying based on community news and media resources. 4) Parents are assigned various administrative tasks, such as, taking minutes, communicating meeting reminders, and sending flyers or posting announcements in the community.How Parents Can Form an Ambassador Committee 1) Invite other parents from your neighborhood to get involved by hosting a meeting at a public facility in your community, such as a school, church, clubhouse etc. 5
  6. 6. 2) At the initial meeting you should recruit parent leaders who will commit to the following tasks: • Report news and helpful tools about bullying • Monitor and report bullying situations to Law Enforcement/Crime Stop (602) 262-6151. • Stay connected with schools (elementary & high schools) to promote a bully-free community3) As the leader of the Ambassador Committee, you might establish guidelines (ie. meeting schedule, objectives, role delegation, etc.), and coordinate the exchange of contact information between parents.4) Parents who participate on the Ambassador Committee should expect to plan, provide relevant feedback, demonstrate leadership within the community and have no issues with law enforcement. 6
  7. 7. The 9 Myths Most Parents Believe about Bullying? 1) If you ignore the problem it will go away. (False) 2) There is no right way to respond to bullying. (False) 3) Bullying affects only certain age, race and gender groups. (False) 4) Allowing the school to facilitate mediation between my child and the aggressor is a good idea. (False) 5) The schools and community don’t care and can’t help. (False) 6) Teaching my child(ren) to fight back is the best way. (False) 7) Bullying does not leave long term behavioral effects on neither the aggressor nor the victim. (False) 8) Retaliating on the aggressor and or their caretaker(s) is not illegal since I am protecting my child. (False) 9) Bullying is very seldom a learned behavior, but rather something kids just do. (False) 7
  8. 8. The STOP BULLYING PROJECT was implemented in 2010 through thecomprehensive efforts of the community. This project was designed toeducate and support victims facing bullying who attend schools in PhoenixElementary School District #1. Our objective is to promote a safe environmentby eliminating aggressive behaviors defined as “bullying” towards youngchildren, adolescents and adults.If you have questions addressing the Stop Bullying Project, please contactDenise Brewer at drshields@consultant.com.Suggested Resourceswww.standagainstbullying.orgwww.mousemail.comwww.stopbullyingnow.comhttp://howtostopcyberbullying.comwww.yic.gov/drugfree/prevention.htmlwww.momshomeroom.msn.comwww.pacerkidsagainstbullying.orgwww.bridges4kids.org/PBS/bullying.htmwww.parentfurther.comwww.yosipuedo.gov (en Español)Crime Stop Contact Numbers:602-262-6151 (Emergency)602-262-7626 (Information Desk) 8
  9. 9. ReferencesBullying (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved December 20, 2010, fromhttp://m.dictionary.com/d/?q=bullying.Davis, S. (2009). Stop Bullying Now. Retrieved from http://www.stopbullyingnow.com. 9

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