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No Bully Zone

 

The Child School / Legacy High School students have elected to create a “No Bully Zone” at school where all students can feel respected and accepted. Administration and staff are open to dialogue with students and parents about their fears and concerns and encourage students to speak up at home, in school and in their communities if the see, hear or experience bullying.

 

Things to Know About Bullying


How widespread is bullying?

Reports and estimates vary, because it is hard to agree on exactly what constitutes bullying. However, in the United States it is estimated that:

  • A child is bullied every seven minutes.
  • There are more than seven million incidents of bullying reported in public schools each year.
  • 30 percent of all school-age children report having been the victims of bullying.
  • 30 percent of all school children in the US report having bullied someone else.
  • 32 percent of children who use the Internet say they have been targets of cyber-bullying behaviors.
  • 86 percent of 12-15 year olds have experienced some form of bullying.
  • More than 55 percent of all 8-15 year olds think bullying is a bigger problem than drugs, racism and HIV-AIDs in their school.[4]

It is up to our schools, our teachers, our parents and our children to create an anti-bully culture in school, on the bus, and in our communities and our virtual on-line worlds. In order to do that, we need to:

 

Recognize what bullying is…

  

  • Bullying is an act of repeated aggressive behavior in order to intentionally hurt another person, physically or mentally. Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person. Norwegian researcher Dan Olweus defines bullying as when a person is "exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons." He defines negative action as "when a person intentionally inflicts injury or discomfort upon another person, through physical contact, through words or in other ways"[1]

 

  • Cyber-bullying is a form of bullying that happens in the online world. This form of bullying is growing rapidly among teenagers. Recent surveys indicate that nearly one of every three online teens have been the target of cyber-bullying. The most recent forms of cyber-bullying include:
  • Taking a private email, instant message or text message and forwarding it to others or posting it where many can see it to embarrass the sender.
  • Spreading hurtful rumors online about another person.
  • Threatening through aggressive emails, instant messages or text messages.
  • Posting embarrassing pictures of someone online without his or her permission.[2]

  

Recognize the Players: Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders

 Bullying involves multiple players. Bullies, victims, and bystanders all play important roles in contributing to bullying—and each can help make bullying stop. Since bullying is primarily learned, it can also be “unlearned”—or conditions can be changed so that it is not learned in the first place.

  

  • Bullies select and systematically train their victims to comply with their demands. They seek active encouragement, passive acceptance, or silence from bystanders. But, bullies can be stopped when victims and bystanders learn and apply new ways to stand up against bullying. Bullies can also learn how to make friends and get what they want by helping, rather than hurting, others. 

 

  • Victims reward the bully by yielding control and showing signs of intimidation. They often fail to gain support from bystanders and avoid reporting the bullying. But, victims can learn to defeat the bully by responding assertively, rallying support from bystanders, or reporting the bullying to adults.

 

  • Bystanders play an important and pivotal role in promoting or preventing bullying. Often without realizing it, they may exacerbate a situation by providing an audience, maintaining silence, actively encouraging, or joining in. But, bystanders can neutralize or stop the bullying by aiding the victim, drawing support from other bystanders, or obtaining help from adults.[3]

 

Use These Resources

 

 For Students & School

  • Take the Pledge to end Bullying (13 or older) …
  • Bullying Academy – for Grades 4 – 8 with resources for parents, teachers and children. Also hosts on-line contests so schools can compete on their students bullying IQ. 
  • Education.com has a powerful array of pre-school to adult bullying literature including student quizzes and assessments, tools, quick tip guides and articles parents and schools on school bullying and cyber bullying. See their resources, including a free ebook entitled “Bullying at School and Online
  • PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention Center: Provides resources about bullying with a special focus on children with disabilities. Includes an animated site for elementary school students. This site has award winning videos for kids and teens about bullying.
  • Stomp Out Bullying is a national anti-bullying and cyber-bullying program for kids and teens
  • Bullying. No Way!” site has information on cyber citizenship and promotes taking action against bullying and violence
  • Bullying.org: Provides individuals and organizations with information, resources, education, training, events, and campaigns that increase awareness of the issue of bullying and ways to respond to and prevent bullying.
  • Exploring the Nature and Prevention of Bullying: Provides a five-part online course for teachers, counselors, and school administrators to understand, select, and implement comprehensive bullying prevention programs for school-age children.
  • Stop Bullying Now!: Provides information about bullying and prevention/intervention strategies for parents, children (ages 9 to 13), teachers, other school staff, and health and safety professionals. Features a resource kit with tips and facts. Includes web episodes and games for children, an activities guide, a video toolkit, and video workshops. Presents an extensive and searchable database of resources on bullying prevention.

 

 For Parents & Families

 

Movies


Books

  • Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do: Presents an overview of bullying in schools for parents, teachers, and school principals. Includes research findings that help identify and address bullying behaviors. Gives practical advice on how to implement a whole-school approach to bullying.

 

 Tell Us How to Improve

 

If you have comments or ideas for our “No Bully Zone” including original artwork, poems, resources, media or publications, mobile apps, etc. e-mail ___________________ and we will be happy to consider your feedback.

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[1] Wikipedia

[2]Understanding Bullying,” University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

[3] http://www.eyesonbullying.org/players.html

[4] Understanding Bullying,” University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension




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