|Bullying Prevention – What Parents Need to Know
This district developed PowerPoint presentation will provide a better understanding of what bullying is and discuss strategies parents can take to help prevent bullying.
What Exactly is Bullying?
There are often misconceptions regarding the definition of bullying. Other behaviors and actions that do not meet the definition of bullying are many times called bullying. There are three specific characteristics that identify bullying:
- The behavior must be repeated. Bullying does not just happen once – it is ongoing
- The bullying is intentional
- The bullying is directed to someone with less power
Our school district policy defines bullying as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students. Unwanted and repeated written, verbal, cyber or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture by an adult or student that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interferes with the individual’s school performance or participation and is characterized by an imbalance of power.
What is the Difference Between Bullying, Conflict and Teasing
|Equal power||Imbalance of power|
|Happens occasionally||Repeated negative actions|
|Equal emotional reaction||Emotional harm on just one side|
|Effort to solve the problem||No effort to solve the problem|
Source: Vaughn, 2007
|Innocent in motive||Purposeful – a choice to hurt someone|
|Equal power – teaser and person being teased swap roles||Imbalance of power|
|Is discontinued when person being teased objects||Continues (repeated) and includes fear of further taunting|
|Maintains basic dignity of everyone involved||Involves humiliating, cruel, demeaning comments|
Sources: Coloroso, 2004, The Ophelia Project, 2012
This podcast discusses the crucial role parents play in bullying prevention. Created: 1/19/2012 by National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). Click here to listen – Bullying Podcast
Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. Learn What to Do if Your Child is Being Bullied – TIP SHEET: Child Being Bullied
Cyberbullying Warning Signs – http://cyberbullying.org/cyberbullying-warning-signs
What To Do When Your Child is Cyberbullied: Top Ten Tips for Parents – http://cyberbullying.org/what-to-do-when-your-child-is-cyberbullied
Stop Bullying.gov – Parent section http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-you-can-do/parents/
Bullying – What Parents Should Know – Informational Brochure for Parents
15+ Make Time to Listen – Take Time to Talk…About Bullying. Provide conversations starters to talk to your children about bullying.
Bullying Prevention Resource. From Florida Department of Education’s Office of Safe Schools.