Bully Busters: Plan and Prevention
“Rude vs Mean vs Bullying: Identifying the differences”
A great article explaining the difference between bullying, rude behavior, and meanness.
Click here for more information on the difference between Bullying and Conflict.
Bullying: The Definition Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose. It is persistently aggressive behavior and a pattern is identified over time.
How is it different from conflict?
Bullying often happens away from the watchful eyes of teachers; Conflict often happens where authority figures can see what’s going on.
In bullying, one person or one group of people are being targeted and often others are afraid to step in and help.
Bullies are not friends with their targets. Sometimes friends have conflicts because they want different things.
Bullying cannot be solved by talking things out with the target. Conflict can be solved with a Peace Table.
If Your Child Has Been Bullied
Listen to what your child reports and get as many details as you are able. Explain that you can help most when you have as much information as possible. Ask the when, what, where, who, and what happened before and after.
Let your child’s teacher know anytime an incident of possible bullying occurs. Complete the bully report form. All reports of bullying are investigated by our administrative team (principals).
The counselor will work with your child to develop a plan of action with appropriate strategies and responses to bullying.
An administrator may speak to your student in order to get all the details about the bullying incident.
If needed, the counselor will work with bystanders to help increase positive peer pressure to eliminate the bullying.