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  1. 2. Definitions <ul><li>Harassment or bullying behavior can be gestures, written, electronic or verbal communication, any physical act, or any threatening communication that makes a student fearful for themselves or their property or creates a hostile environment that interferes with a student’s educational performance. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Bullying and Harassment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>using physical violence (hitting, kicking, pushing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>threatening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>making people feel uncomfortable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>damaging or breaking people’s things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>embarrassing people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>harassing people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>acting mean </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>spreading rumors or saying nasty things about people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ignoring people or making them feel invisible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>insulting people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>laughing at or making fun of people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>making nasty gestures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>making racist or sexist comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>making people feel helpless or inferior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>making people do things they don’t want to do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>picking on or attacking people because they’re different in some way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>writing nasty things about people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bossing people around </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>forcing people to hand over their money or possessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>frightening or intimidating people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>leaving people out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>name-calling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teasing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>excluding someone from peer groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>offensive touching or any physical interference with normal work or movement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>visual insults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blocking movement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>implied or stated threats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assault </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sexual harassment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ETC! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying <ul><li>The Lenoir County Board of Education will not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment, or bullying in any of its educational activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are expected to behave in a civil and respectful manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are expected to comply with the behavior standards established by board policy and the student code of conduct. Any violation of this policy is serious, and school officials shall promptly take appropriate action. Based on the nature and severity of the offense and the circumstance surrounding the incident, the student will be subject to appropriate consequences and remedial actions ranging from positive behavioral interventions up to, and including, expulsion . </li></ul><ul><li>The board prohibits retaliation against any person for reporting or intending to report violations of this policy, supporting someone for reporting or intending to report a violation of this policy, or participating in the investigation of reported violations to this policy. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Is Your Child Being Bullied? <ul><li>Victims of bullying may show signs that include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>appearing sad or depressed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>feeling unusually irritable or moody </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>frequently appearing anxious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>having unexplained bruises, cuts, or scratches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>coming home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>having trouble sleeping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>losing interest in school or letter grades drop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>seem afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the bus, or taking part in activities with peers </li></ul></ul>Talk with your child early and often. Make sure he or she knows it’s okay to tell you about feeling worried or unsafe. Bullying is a form of victimization or abuse, and it is wrong. Children should be able to attend school or take part in community activities without fear of being harassed, assaulted, belittled, or excluded.
  5. 6. Is Your Child Exposed to Bullying? <ul><li>Bullying can negatively affect children who observe bullying going on around them – even if they aren't targeted themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Children who are bystanders to bullying can feel fearful (&quot;Maybe I'll be targeted next!&quot;), guilty (&quot;I should do something to stop this, but I'm afraid to.&quot;), and distracted from school work. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Bullying Hurts! <ul><li>Problems in school </li></ul><ul><ul><li>victims of bullying may have trouble concentrating on school work and also miss school more often </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emotional problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>bullying can lead to anxiety, depression, drug use and even suicidal thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Physical problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the stress of being bullied can cause stomachaches, headaches, and other symptoms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Problems for the person who bullies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>young people who bully others are more likely to have troubled relationships and be involved in crime later in life </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Parents! DO NOT encourage your children to fight a bully. This will result in serious consequences for them and rarely gets the bully to stop!
  8. 9. Cyber-Bullying <ul><li>What is cyber-bullying? </li></ul><ul><li>It’s using computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices to harass or intimidate someone. </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples of cyber-bullying are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>posting negative comments or spreading rumors about someone online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sending threatening or abusive messages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>posting embarrassing photos on Web sites, or sending them by e-mail or cell phone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today’s technology offers many ways for young people to learn and communicate… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>but it can also be a powerful bullying tool. While “regular” bullying often takes place at school, cyber-bullying can follow a child home. He or she may feel that no place is safe from harassment. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Facebook, Myspace, & Twitter <ul><li>Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter have been used as a tool for bullying and harassment. </li></ul><ul><li>Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to have a Facebook account. Do not allow your child to lie about his/her age to gain access; it violates the terms of use. </li></ul><ul><li>Require your child to be your friend on these sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This allows you to see all activity on his/her page. You can see who they are friends with and the types of comments being left for them. This will stop a lot of bullying online right away. Kids are generally smart enough not to leave comments that parents are going to read. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Facebook, Myspace, & Twitter <ul><li>Insist on knowing your child's password </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure he/she understand that you will use it to sign into their account on occasion. This is necessary to check for bullying by private message. While most activity their page is viewable by all their friends, private messages are not. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Report a single person's bad behavior by clicking on &quot;Report This Person&quot; on that person's profile screen. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Since you must be friends to see the person's profile page, you must be signed into your child's account to do this. But don't worry; the reporting is done anonymously, and no one will ever know your child was the one to report bad behavior. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Is MY Child Cyber-Bullying? <ul><li>Signs that your child cyber-bullies may include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a lack of respect and /or empathy toward others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>spending a lot of time on the computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>being secretive about computer and/or cell phone use (such as quickly changing the computer screen when you approach). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set clear expectations about bullying. Have rules to never: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>make threats or say mean things – with or without technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>post or send photos of others without permission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>share passwords or pretend to be someone else </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be clear about what happens if your child breaks a rule. </li></ul><ul><li>Take action if you think your child may be involved in bullying! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bullying is never okay. Work with school officials and/or counselors to address the problem. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Take Steps to Prevent Cyber-Bullying <ul><li>Monitor online activities. </li></ul><ul><ul><li> -- Keep computers in common areas such as the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>kitchen or family room. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-- Know all your child’s user names and passwords. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-- Ask to see your child’s e-mail and instant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>message contact lists. Have your child delete contacts he or she doesn’t know personally. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-- Ask to see the Web sites your child visits. Ask teachers and other parents about popular sites. Check sits often. Are they age appropriate? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-- Find out if your Internet service provider offers special software that allows you to track or block online activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-- Teach your child never to share personal information online (including name, address, age, phone number, and school). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These steps can help keep your child safe from identity theft and sexual predators, too! </li></ul>
  13. 14. What Can Parents Do? <ul><li>If you learn your child has been cyber-bullied, take steps to stop it! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell your child not to reply to any bullying messages. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save all communications from the person who bullies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If possible, block the person’s e-mail address, instant message screen name and/or phone number from your child’s computer and phone. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report the problem to local law enforcement and your Internet and/or cell phone service provider. </li></ul></ul>