Where are the bully zones at your school? Map them in red. Where are the safe zones? Map them in blue. Then watch this short video Students Map Bully Zones to Create a Safer School http://bit.ly/JrvPpn 8:09 By observing how the students in the video raise awareness about bullying in their school, you may consider your own school climate around bullying and open the conversation about how to create a safer school.
What is the definition of a bully? Someone who, either alone or with the help of others, using actions or words, hurts another person who cannot, because of physical or social reasons, defend herself or himself.
What can I, as an individual, do to stop the bullying in my school? Not laugh at jokes that make fun of other people. Go out of my way to be nice to the person being ostracized.
What can my classmates do as a group to stop bullying in our school? Declare every bully a persona non grata. Everyone wants to be popular. If kids know that teasing or ostracizing a classmate will cause their own popularity to plunge, no one would be willing to pay the social price of picking on others.
A person who bullies isnt always the other kid. Sometimes, it might be you! Before you say No way! think about it. Have you ever heard yourself saying or thinking things like:
Do you recognize any of the signs? Kids bully for a lot of reasons. It might be because of:
If you think this might be you, talk with an adult. Seriously, they can help. If the first adult you talk with isnt helpful, talk to someone else until you find one who will listen. You have that right!
By signing this pledge, we the students of ______________________________ agree to join together to stamp out bullying at our school. We believe that everybody should enjoy our school equally, and feel safe, secure and accepted regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, famillia status, marital status, or age.
I acknowledge that whether I am being a bully or see someone being bullied, if I don't report or stop the bullying, I am just as guilty.
Signed by: _______________________________ Print name: __________________________________ Date:__________
Who to report an incidence to: of hazing, harassment, intimidation, menacing, bullying, cyber-bullying or retaliation in district facilities, district premises and non district property if the student is at any district-sponsored, district-approved or district-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the control of the district that involve school employees, students, administrators, volunteers, parents, guardians, law enforcement and/or community representatives. Always follow-up with your complaint in writing. If you are not satisfied with the response or there is no response within the stipulated time period shown in District Policy JFCF-AR for Bullying Complaint Procedures (http://policy.osba.org/brookings/J/JFCF%20R%20G1.PDF), JBA/GBN-AR for Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures (http://policy.osba.org/brookings/J/JBA_GBN%20R%20G1.PDF) and file a written complaint at the next level.
1. If the
bully is a fellow student contact a teacher or counselor who
will be responsible for notifying the appropriate district
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 800.SUICIDE (784-2433) and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (273-8255).
Bullying Online. This web site, out of the U.K., features extensive information on the subject, including advice for parents, students, and teachers; legal advice; helpful links and tips; and ideas for school projects to stop bullying. www.bullying.co.uk