Bullying is unwanted behavior that: [a] is intended to cause mental distress and or physical harm, [b] exists in a relationship in which there is an imbalance of power and strength (one-sided power), and [c] is repeated over time or has the potential to repeat over time.
Cyberbullying is when a student is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another student using electronic communication media. Such media includes, but is not limited to, e-mail messages, text messages, social networking sites (Facebook, Snapchat), internet based video sites and posting of blogs.
Roosevelt Middle School Provides the Following:
• Bullying lessons with Power Up, Speak Out Curriculum in the classrooms for students 6th-8th one time a month throughout the year. http://powerupspeakout.org/what-is-powerup
• Counseling/School interventions and procedure to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Power Up, Speak Out language included in intervention conversation.
Bullying Prevention Tips for Parents:
Parents play a central role in preventing bullying and stopping it when it happens:
• Teach your child to solve problems without using violence and praise them when they do.
• Help give your child self-confidence to stand up for what they believe in.
• Ask your child about their day and listen to them when they talk about school, social events, their classmates, and any problems they have.
• Take bullying seriously. Many kids are embarrassed to say they have been bullied.
• If you see bullying, stop it right away, even if your child is the one doing the bullying.
• Encourage your child to help others who need it.
• Children will model the behavior of their parents and family environment. Please consider this in your daily interactions with your child/children as well as what they are exposed to in the media (TV, music, movies, etc).
Recognize the Signs of a Student Who May be Bullied:
• Many school absences
• Anxiety about attending school
• Withdrawal from peers and social activities
• Unusual sadness
• Frequent visits to the school nurse
• Unexplained cuts or bruises
• Fear of walking home/riding the school bus
• A decline in academic performance or motivation
Is My Child a Bully?
This is a difficult question for any parent to consider. The following signs may indicate your student has bullied others.
• Talks about other children in a negative way (wimp, loser, stupid).
• Talks as though other children deserve what happens to them (he asked for it).
• Doesn’t seem to care about others’ feelings.
• Behaves in a rough way towards others.
• Shows defiance (You can’t tell me what to do!).
• Is easily frustrated when they don’t get their own way.
• Is accused of bullying.
• Gets in trouble at school or elsewhere for fighting or saying mean things.
Cyberbullying Tips for Parents:
• Keep the computer in a common area of the house.
• Ask your child to tell you immediately about any uncomfortable online experiences, with assurances that you will not be angry if he or she confides in you.
• Consider the age of your child before allowing them on social networking sites.
• Consider filtering and monitoring software.
• Create a written internet safety plan with your child. Set rules for internet and e-mail use. Post these rules by your computer. http://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/
• Save or print inappropriate messages and pictures that your child has received.
• Contact your internet service provider and file a complaint if your child receives messages or images of concern.
• Talk frequently with your child. Discuss their online friends just as you talk about their other friends.
Resources for Parents:
• http://Netsmart.org: A kid friendly online workshop hosted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
• http://ncpc.org: The National Crime Prevention Council offers great information on many related topics including bullying and cyberbullying.
• http://safe.org: Internet safety education endorsed by the US Congress.
• http://wiredsafety.org: Free resource focusing on Internet safety, help and education for internet users of all ages.
- http://getnetwise.org: A public service site by internet industry corporations and public interest organizations.