October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Wednesday, October 9th is Unity Day 2013.
What is bullying? Harmful bullying can take on many appearances, occurring quietly as well as through social media. All forms of bullying have the potential to inflict either physical and/or emotional harm. For that reason, recognition of bullying behaviors is an important step to take to stop the cycle of harm.
Acts of bullying may include the following:
- Physical injury such as fighting, hitting someone
- Emotional injury such as unwarranted gossip, and name calling
- Physical or emotional intimidation
- Harassment, including the use of the internet technology to hurt someone
Harassment behaviors can include any of the following:
- Name-calling, slurs and verbal abuse
- Graphic or written statements
- Physical assault
- Physical threat of harm or humiliation
Parental involvement is important in suspected cases of bullying. A parent needs to work closely with school staff members to resolve the issue. Children need to be educated on what constitutes bullying. Staff members need to be informed of where bullying is taking place, as well as who is involved in such situations. Parents and teachers must form a united front, documenting incidents and educating students, reporting incidents to the proper authorities, and aligning with the school board for additional school-wide education.
. For more information on bullying, check out the website for Pacer.org. You will find posters, flyers, handouts, and other educational materials addressing bullying and anti-bullying efforts. . Together, we must stop this behavior.
As noted on their website, the most important thing to do is “Remember, the End of Bullying Begins With You!”.