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Bullying directly affects a student's ability to learn. Most victims find it difficult to concentrate, show a decline in grades, and self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.
Bullying refers to repeated aggressive behaviors (physical, verbal or psychological) meant to hurt another person.
Bullying is signified by an imbalance of power, often the result of differences in physical size and/or cognitive abilities. Creating an environment where all students feel safe is extremely important to learning. It is imperative that schools ensure that students never feel they are being bullied by other students.
Have you seen the movie "BULLY"? It follows five stories of children and families who are affected deeply by bullying within the course of a school year. With intimate glimpses into homes, classrooms, cafeterias, and principals’ offices, the film offers insight into the lives of bullied, ridiculed children.
Download a free guide to the movie and discover more ways to fostering a safe and caring environment in your school.
Dennis Van Roekel’s Education Week blog article on bullying can be found at:
Lily Eskelsen’s latest blog article on "Lily's Blackboard," addresses the topic of bullying ("Go to a movie and save a life") at: http://lilysblackboard.org/2012/04/go-to-the-movies-save-a-life/
Findings from the National Education Association's Nationwide Study of Bullying.
This first-of-its-kind, large-scale research study conducted by NEA and Johns Hopkins University, examines different school staff members' perspectives on bullying and bullying prevention efforts.
Bullying is everyone's issue!
Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please get help. CALL the LIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Find more resources here.
Cyberbullying is no different. Students use technology (computers, cellphones, and social networking) to launch their attacks. And, cyberbullying can have an even more serious outcome than traditional bullying. Cyberbullying can be particularly traumatizing because it means home is no longer a safe place. A cell phone, video game or social network becomes just another form of harassment. Kids report both forms of bullying in school and online beginning as early as 2nd grade.
October is National Bully Prevention Month. See what you can do to stop bullying in your school.
Learn How to Prepare For and Respond to a Crisis
This step-by-step resource created by educators for educators can make it easier for school district administrators and principals to keep schools safe while providing information to schools in the midst of a crisis to help children and staff return to learning as quickly as possible.
Five Ways to Handle a Bully
1. Stay calm and alert. Consider the options and do nothing to escalate the situation.
2. Walk away. Fighting isn't worth it. You do not have to prove yourself by fighting.
3. Take a non-violent stand. Speak respectfully: "I don't want to fight you."
4. Report it to authorities, but discuss with them how you will be protected from retaliation.
5. Get away. Find safety or call for help.
Five Ways to Prevent Bullying
Be aware of your student's or child's behavior. If you suspect that your a student is picking on others, here are some ways to intervene:
1. Notice if your child lacks empathy, dominates others, is selfish or refuses to accept responsibility. This could be a warning sign of bullying tendencies.
2. If your child ever engages in bullying acts, he should apologize to the victims and undo any damage, such as replacing stolen or destroyed property.
3. Make sure your child doesn't hang out with other bullies who may be influencing his behavior. If he does, encourage new friendships.
4. Help your child understand that physical or emotional abuse is never acceptable.
5. Talk to your child, other parents, and teachers about what is going on. The more you know about your child's everyday activities, the better you can prevent at-risk behavior.
Bullies: 58% Women, 42% Men
Targets: 80% Women, 20% Men
Women bullying women: 50%
Men bullying women 30%
Men bullying men 12%
Women bullying men 8%
NEA Anti-Bullying Resolution
This past summer, the 2010 Representative Assembly adopted eight new resolutions including one dealing with bullying. http://www.nea.org/resolutions2010
Amend by addition in first paragraph as follows:
The National Education Association believes that the school environment/work site must be free from all forms of bullying including, but not limited to, physical and psychological bullying, and cyberbullying. Bullying is the systematic and chronic infliction of physical hurt and/or psychological distress on one or more individuals. The Association recognizes that bullying can affect the entire school community and work sites.
The Association also believes that its affiliates, collaborating with local school districts and institutions of higher education, should involve all stakeholders in developing comprehensive schoolwide programs to address all forms of bullying. Such programs should—
a. Establish strong policies prohibiting bullying that include the definition, consequences, and procedures for reporting and appeals
b. Develop and implement educational programs designed to help students recognize, understand, prevent, oppose, and eliminate bullying
c. Provide training for all school employees in bullying prevention and intervention
d. Provide professional development materials and resources.
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