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Title: Ed White Middle School Bully Prevention Program


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Ed White Middle School Bully Prevention Program
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What is Bullying?
  • Making the CHOICE to
  • Hurt
  • Threaten, or
  • Frighten someone
  • Targeting someone for repetitive negative actions
  • An imbalance of power
  • A PATTERN of behavior!

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There are 2 Types of Bullying-
  • 1.) Indirect Bullying which is convincing others
    to tease or call names, spreading rumors making
    anonymous threats and excluding others from
    activities.

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  • 2.) Direct Bullying is
  • Physical violence and attacks,
  • Verbal taunts, name-calling and put downs
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Stealing money or possessions
  • Exclusion from a peer group
  • Name Calling
  • Unfair criticisms
  • Stare Downs

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Dynamics of Bully-Victim Situations
  • A power differential exists between the bully and
    the victim
  • Bullies tend to be confident, aggressive and
    usually do not feel bad for their victims
  • Bullies come from homes where there is poor
    supervision and statistically has more modeling
    of and tolerance of aggressive behavior

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Some Characteristics of a Bully Are
  • Strong need for power and dominance
  • Enjoy being in control
  • Have greater physical strength than their victims
  • Average to good self-esteem
  • Are usually average students
  • Little anxiety or insecurity
  • Often older and larger than their victims

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  • Generally have at least a small following of
    students
  • More likely to engage in other problem behaviors
    later in life, such as criminal activity, alcohol
    and drug use
  • Good at talking their way out of situations
  • Show little empathy and compassion for the
    feelings of others

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Where does the bullying happen?
  • In the hallway, classroom, school grounds, gym
    and on the bus!

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The Power Imbalance
  • A power imbalance is found at the heart of the
    bullying dynamic. A student who is stronger, more
    aggressive, bolder and more confident than
    average typically bullies other students who are
    weaker, more timid and dont react in an
    assertive manner.

10
  • Sometimes older students bully younger ones or
    upper year students bully new students. Bullies
    also pick on students who are disadvantaged by
    being new immigrants or are from a cultural
    minority group.

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Where do you fall?
  • If you think that you are a victim of bullying,
    SPEAK UP! Talk to a parent, teacher, counselor or
    other adult that you can trust. You do not have
    to suffer in silence.

12
If you are a victim of bullying, you might feel
  • Angry, sad, lonely or depressed
  • Feel like you have no friends
  • Find that you are always getting into fights
  • Want to hurt someone else or yourself
  • Feel like taking steps to defend yourself
  • Feel hopeless to stop the bullying
  • Feel hopeless that anything can be done
  • Be afraid to go to school ,or feel anxious all of
    the time
  • Feel bad about yourself.

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You are NOT alone!
  • 3 out of 4 students report that they have been
    bullied at some time while they were in school.
  • Bullying is reported as most severe in grades
    7-9.
  • 60 of victims/targets report being bullied by
    boys, and 40 report being bullied by boys.

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Get Help!
  • Being bullied is not your fault, and it is
    wrong. Nothing that you say, the way you look or
    what you believe in gives anyone the right to
    make fun of you or hurt you.
  • Tell a teacher,counselor, or your schools
    principal.
  • Try to walk away from the bullies.
  • Try to stay in areas where other students and
    teachers are around.

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What if Youre the Bully?
  • If you think that there have been situations
    where YOU have been the bully, remember that
    words and taunts are hurtful. Here at Ed White
    Middle School we have a no-bully policy that
    means that bullying is NOT tolerated. All
    students have the right to come to school and
    feel safe.

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What Now?
  • If you find it hard to resist the temptation to
    bully, you might want to talk with someone you
    look up to. Try to think about how others feel
    when you tease or hurt them. If you have trouble
    figuring this out (many people who bully do), you
    might ask someone else to help you think of the
    other person's side.

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  • Bullying behavior backfires and makes everyone
    feel miserable - even the bullies. People might
    feel intimidated by bullies, but they don't
    respect them. If you would rather that people see
    your strength and character - even look up to you
    as a leader - find a way to use your power for
    something positive, rather than to put others
    down.

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  • Do you really want people to think of you as
    unkind, abusive, and mean? It's never too late to
    change, although changing a pattern of bullying
    might seem difficult at first. Ask an adult you
    respect for some mentoring or coaching on how you
    could change.

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What can be done to make our school safer?
  • Because a lot of bullying takes part in the
    presence of peers (the bully wants to be
    recognized and feel powerful, after all),
    enlisting the help of friends or a group is a
    good way to change the culture and stand up to
    bullies.
  • Point out to the bully that his or her behavior
    is unacceptable and no way to treat another
    person. This can work well in group situations,
    such as if you notice that a member of your group
    has started to pick on or shun another member.

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Help Someone Else..
  • If you see bullying happen at school, YOU can
    help put a stop to it.
  • Refuse to join in if a bully tried to get you to
    tease someone
  • Get a teacher, parent, or another adult to come
    help. You wont be snitching youll be taking a
    stand against bullying,
  • Talk to the person being bullied and try to get
    them to talk to an adult. Offer to go with them.
  • Always report bullying to an adult that you
    trust!
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