Bullying Prevention Bonita Vista Middle School By: Christine Cura
Today’s Agenda • Expectations and consequences • Goals • What students will be able to do… • Statistics • What is bullying? • Identify different types of bullying • Who are the bullies? • Who can be targeted? • Reporting • Teaching and applying conflict-resolution skills
The goal of this lesson is to… • Demonstrate knowledge of bullying and its impact on students’ personal/social development
Students will be able to… • Identify knowledge of bullying—statistics, its definition, types of bullying, who the bullies are, who can be targeted, and reporting • Demonstrate knowledge of self-empowerment and self-advocacy skills to combat bullying • Apply the conflict-resolution process using case scenarios/situations • Use the checklist to assess if each group applied conflict-resolution skills in their case scenarios/situations
Research says… In the U.S. • One out of every four (25%) children will be bullied in school this month according to the U.S. Department of Justice • The American Association of School Psychologists reports that over 160,000 children miss school for fear of being bullied every day • Bullying tops the list of triggers leading to childhood suicide attempts • According to the Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education on 37 school shootings, including Columbine High School, found that almost three-quarters (75%) of student shooters felt bullied, threatened, attacked or injured by others Liepe-Levinson & Levinson, 2005 http://www.apa.org/monitor/oct02/bullying.html
At Bonita Vista Middle School… • 29% have been harassed because of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability • 22% students have been in a physical fight • Physical fights mostly occur among males (45%) WestEd. (2007). California Healthy Kids Survey. Fall 2006 Report: Bonita Vista Middle School.
What is Bullying? • Power imbalance between the bully and the one being bullied • An intent to cause harm • Against someone considered less powerful • Behavior repeated over time The Respect for All Project, 2004
Bullying takes many forms… • Physical • hitting, shoving, kicking • Emotional or Psychological • spreading lies, gossiping, isolating someone • Verbal • name-calling, teasing, threatening • Sexual • unwanted sexual comments or actions The Respect for All Project, 2004
Who are the bullies? • Bullies come from various ethnic, cultural, and religious groups • Not distinguished by physical appearance or who they are, but how they are treating others!!! Liepe-Levinson & Levinson, 2005
Who can be targeted? ANYONE!!!
“Bully Box”: Turn in incident report Bullying Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 Tell an adult! 3 Ways to Report Bullying
Tell the bully to leave you alone Walk away and act sure of yourself Report incident to “Bully Box,” use the hotline, or tell an adult! Try to talk about the problem with someone Avoid violence What if you are being bullied? Husson & Dahl, 2005
Tell the bully to stop Be kind to the person who was bullied Report incident to the “Bully Box,” call the hotline, or tell an adult Avoid violence What to do if you are a bystander… Husson & Dahl, 2005