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Take a Stand Against Bullying
                Parent Presentation
Bullying is…
    As defined by state law SHB 1444
           and ISD policy 3214

An intentional written, verbal or physical act,
including but not limited to one shown to be
motivated by any characteristic such as race, color,
religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual
orientation, mental or physical disability, or other
distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional
act:
(a) Physically harms a student or damages his/her property; or
(b) Substantially interferes with the student’s education; or
(c) Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an
     intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
(d) Or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school

                                Take a Stand Against Bullying
Simply stated, bullying…
 Is intimidating or subjecting a person to
 hostility or ill treatment .
 Involves actions which cause another
 person to feel afraid, humiliated,
 embarrassed, threatened or shamed.
 Occurs in a relationship in which there
 is an imbalance of power.
 Is repeated over time.
                        Take a Stand Against Bullying
Bullying Happens in Four Ways
  Verbal
    Teasing, jokes, ignoring/isolation, gossip, threats
  Physical
    Blocking someone’s path, physical restraint,
    pushing/kicking, hazing
  Sexual
    Teasing, touching, slapping, pictures, emails,
    graffiti, sexual assault
  Property
    Hiding belongings, theft, arson, extortion,
    vandalism, destruction
                                Take a Stand Against Bullying
Bullying is NOT…
A normal childhood activity
A rite of passage
The target’s fault




                      Take a Stand Against Bullying
Differentiating Bullying from Normal
    Peer Conflict/Mean Behavior

 Normal conflict/mean behavior              Bullying
   Equal power or are friends         Imbalance of power
   Happens occasionally               Repeated negative actions
   Accidental                         Intentional
   Not serious                        Physical or emotional harm
   Equal emotional reaction           Unequal emotional reaction
   Not seeking power                  Seeking control/material things
   Remorse-will take responsibility   No remorse-blames target
   Effort to solve the problem        No effort to solve the problem




                                      Take a Stand Against Bullying
For the target, bullying
is a “loss” experience.
LOSS of safety
LOSS of self-esteem
LOSS of belonging
LOSS of control over their own life




                       Take a Stand Against Bullying
Effects of Bullying on
      the Target
Physical Effects        Emotional Effects
  Stomach aches           Alienation
  Weight loss/gain        Low self-esteem
  Headaches               Insecurity
  Drop in grades          FEAR
  Drug or alcohol use     Depression
  Sexual activity         Withdrawn
  Physical aggression     Aggression
  Suicidal                Anger
  Homicidal               Vengeful
                        Take a Stand Against Bullying
Warning Signs
that your child may be the target of bullies

Frequently teased, taunted belittled,
ridiculed, intimidated threatened,
dominated or subdued
Has a derogatory nickname
Regularly has bruises or injuries that
can’t be explained
Has belongings taken or damaged
Few or no close friends at school
                         Take a Stand Against Bullying
Warning Signs
Frequently socially isolated
Less assertive or lacks the skills to
respond to others’ teasing or
harassment
Appears weak or easily dominated
Tries to stay close to a teacher or other
adult at recess or breaks

Talk with your child about bullying!
                        Take a Stand Against Bullying
What To Do
if you suspect your child is being bullied
Talk with your child
  If your child is being bullied, they need to have a voice in
  how the situation is handled.
Contact the school
  Set up a meeting with your child’s teacher(s) or counselor.
  Consider including the school resource officer if applicable.
  Develop a plan for keeping your child safe, particularly
  during vulnerable times (class breaks, lunch, recess).
  Find out what activities or counseling options are available
  for your child.
Contact police or school resource officer…
  If the actions are criminal (assault, theft, serious threats,
  vandalism)


                                     Take a Stand Against Bullying
Recommendations
if you suspect your child is being bullied

Don’t encourage your child to fight back--two
wrongs don’t make a right!

Listen to your child, do not ignore your child’s
plea for help.

Don’t confront the parents or the other child
directly.

Avoid bringing your child and the bully together
to elicit an apology or resolve the issue.


                             Take a Stand Against Bullying
What about the bully?
Studies show that children identified as bullies
by age 8 are six times more likely to be
convicted of a crime by age 24.
Brewster & Railsback


60% of kids characterized as bullies in the 6th-
9th grade had at least one criminal conviction
by age 24.             Brewster & Railsback



Bullies are five times more likely to end up with
a serious criminal record by age 30.                       National Association of
School Psychologists



                                              Take a Stand Against Bullying
Contributing Factors
Associated with Bullying
 Family Factors
   Lack of attention and warmth
   Modeling of aggressive behavior at home
   Poor supervision
 Individual Factors
   Active, impulsive personality
   Lack of empathy for others
   Craves attention and approval from others
 School
   School climate is perceived as uncaring or indifferent
   Teachers/staff unaware or unclear of bullying definitions or
   how to respond


                                    Take a Stand Against Bullying
What motivates a bully?
Bullies prey on an imbalance of power.
They may be seeking attention.
They need to make themselves feel
more important.
They need a particular reaction from the
other members of the group.
Bullies believe their behavior is exciting
and makes them more popular.
                       Take a Stand Against Bullying
What motivates a bully?
They may be coping with a loss.
They may have an active and impulsive
temperament.
They may be victims of bullying/abuse.
They may see violence modeled at
home or elsewhere in their lives.
They may have low self-esteem.
                     Take a Stand Against Bullying
Warning Signs
 that your child may be bullying others

Frequent name-calling
Regular bragging
A need to always get his/her own way
Spending more time with younger or less
powerful kids
A lack of empathy for others
A defiant or hostile attitude; easily takes
offense
Frequent misbehavior at school (e.g. name-
calling, teasing, intimidating, physical
aggression)
                         Take a Stand Against Bullying
What To Do
if you suspect your child may be bullying others

  Talk with your child
    Never condone bullying behavior; speak up and tell your child that
    the behavior they are engaging in is considered bullying.
  Encourage empathy for others
    Remind your child that everyone has a right to be themselves, to
    choose their own friends and to feel safe at school.
  Review consequences of bullying behavior
    Both discipline consequences and relationship consequences
  Reinforce respectful behaviors at home
  Help your child deal with feelings in positive ways
  Contact the school for help
    Set up a meeting with your child’s teacher(s) or counselor.
    Develop a plan for change.
                                       Take a Stand Against Bullying
School Interventions/
Consequences for Bullying
Warning
  Verbal and written
  Permanently documented
Coaching/Intervention
  Anger Management, Conflict Resolution/ Communication/
  Problem Solving Skills, Diversity Training during Saturday
  school or before, during, or after school detention.
  May be provided by administrators, teachers, counselors,
  school psychologists, or school resource officers
Suspension/Expulsion
Referral to Law Enforcement (if applicable)

                                   Take a Stand Against Bullying
Together, students, staff, and
          parents…

“Taking a stand
 against bullying”
 to promote safe,
    respectful,
nurturing learning
   communities.
                     Take a Stand Against Bullying

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Bully presentation

  • 1. Take a Stand Against Bullying Parent Presentation
  • 2. Bullying is… As defined by state law SHB 1444 and ISD policy 3214 An intentional written, verbal or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional act: (a) Physically harms a student or damages his/her property; or (b) Substantially interferes with the student’s education; or (c) Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or (d) Or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 3. Simply stated, bullying… Is intimidating or subjecting a person to hostility or ill treatment . Involves actions which cause another person to feel afraid, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or shamed. Occurs in a relationship in which there is an imbalance of power. Is repeated over time. Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 4. Bullying Happens in Four Ways Verbal Teasing, jokes, ignoring/isolation, gossip, threats Physical Blocking someone’s path, physical restraint, pushing/kicking, hazing Sexual Teasing, touching, slapping, pictures, emails, graffiti, sexual assault Property Hiding belongings, theft, arson, extortion, vandalism, destruction Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 5. Bullying is NOT… A normal childhood activity A rite of passage The target’s fault Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 6. Differentiating Bullying from Normal Peer Conflict/Mean Behavior Normal conflict/mean behavior Bullying Equal power or are friends Imbalance of power Happens occasionally Repeated negative actions Accidental Intentional Not serious Physical or emotional harm Equal emotional reaction Unequal emotional reaction Not seeking power Seeking control/material things Remorse-will take responsibility No remorse-blames target Effort to solve the problem No effort to solve the problem Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 7. For the target, bullying is a “loss” experience. LOSS of safety LOSS of self-esteem LOSS of belonging LOSS of control over their own life Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 8. Effects of Bullying on the Target Physical Effects Emotional Effects Stomach aches Alienation Weight loss/gain Low self-esteem Headaches Insecurity Drop in grades FEAR Drug or alcohol use Depression Sexual activity Withdrawn Physical aggression Aggression Suicidal Anger Homicidal Vengeful Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 9. Warning Signs that your child may be the target of bullies Frequently teased, taunted belittled, ridiculed, intimidated threatened, dominated or subdued Has a derogatory nickname Regularly has bruises or injuries that can’t be explained Has belongings taken or damaged Few or no close friends at school Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 10. Warning Signs Frequently socially isolated Less assertive or lacks the skills to respond to others’ teasing or harassment Appears weak or easily dominated Tries to stay close to a teacher or other adult at recess or breaks Talk with your child about bullying! Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 11. What To Do if you suspect your child is being bullied Talk with your child If your child is being bullied, they need to have a voice in how the situation is handled. Contact the school Set up a meeting with your child’s teacher(s) or counselor. Consider including the school resource officer if applicable. Develop a plan for keeping your child safe, particularly during vulnerable times (class breaks, lunch, recess). Find out what activities or counseling options are available for your child. Contact police or school resource officer… If the actions are criminal (assault, theft, serious threats, vandalism) Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 12. Recommendations if you suspect your child is being bullied Don’t encourage your child to fight back--two wrongs don’t make a right! Listen to your child, do not ignore your child’s plea for help. Don’t confront the parents or the other child directly. Avoid bringing your child and the bully together to elicit an apology or resolve the issue. Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 13. What about the bully? Studies show that children identified as bullies by age 8 are six times more likely to be convicted of a crime by age 24. Brewster & Railsback 60% of kids characterized as bullies in the 6th- 9th grade had at least one criminal conviction by age 24. Brewster & Railsback Bullies are five times more likely to end up with a serious criminal record by age 30. National Association of School Psychologists Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 14. Contributing Factors Associated with Bullying Family Factors Lack of attention and warmth Modeling of aggressive behavior at home Poor supervision Individual Factors Active, impulsive personality Lack of empathy for others Craves attention and approval from others School School climate is perceived as uncaring or indifferent Teachers/staff unaware or unclear of bullying definitions or how to respond Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 15. What motivates a bully? Bullies prey on an imbalance of power. They may be seeking attention. They need to make themselves feel more important. They need a particular reaction from the other members of the group. Bullies believe their behavior is exciting and makes them more popular. Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 16. What motivates a bully? They may be coping with a loss. They may have an active and impulsive temperament. They may be victims of bullying/abuse. They may see violence modeled at home or elsewhere in their lives. They may have low self-esteem. Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 17. Warning Signs that your child may be bullying others Frequent name-calling Regular bragging A need to always get his/her own way Spending more time with younger or less powerful kids A lack of empathy for others A defiant or hostile attitude; easily takes offense Frequent misbehavior at school (e.g. name- calling, teasing, intimidating, physical aggression) Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 18. What To Do if you suspect your child may be bullying others Talk with your child Never condone bullying behavior; speak up and tell your child that the behavior they are engaging in is considered bullying. Encourage empathy for others Remind your child that everyone has a right to be themselves, to choose their own friends and to feel safe at school. Review consequences of bullying behavior Both discipline consequences and relationship consequences Reinforce respectful behaviors at home Help your child deal with feelings in positive ways Contact the school for help Set up a meeting with your child’s teacher(s) or counselor. Develop a plan for change. Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 19. School Interventions/ Consequences for Bullying Warning Verbal and written Permanently documented Coaching/Intervention Anger Management, Conflict Resolution/ Communication/ Problem Solving Skills, Diversity Training during Saturday school or before, during, or after school detention. May be provided by administrators, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, or school resource officers Suspension/Expulsion Referral to Law Enforcement (if applicable) Take a Stand Against Bullying
  • 20. Together, students, staff, and parents… “Taking a stand against bullying” to promote safe, respectful, nurturing learning communities. Take a Stand Against Bullying