• 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.

    •                RLSchoolsBullyReport.docx - Red Lodge Schools Bully Report

    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.

     

Last Modified on September 2, 2015