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Title: Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention
  • Parent Literacy Night
  • T.F. South High School
  • Facilitators Jennifer Anderson and Marcia James

Whos going to stop it?
  • Bullying has become a widespread problem in both
    our schools and communities.
  • It is the most common form of violence in our
    society and schools.
  • Membership is either bully or victim.
  • It is unacceptable anti-social behavior but the
    good news is that it can be unlearned.

Bullying Behavior
  • Among researchers, bullying is aggressive
    behavior that
  • (a) is intended to cause stress and harm,
  • (b) exists where there is an imbalance of
    power, and
  • (c) is repeated over time (a pattern).

Bullying behavior (continued)
  • Overt and covert
  • Direct and indirect
  • Open attacks and subversive
  • Physical and non-physical
  • Social isolation/exclusion from a group
  • Name calling, threats, gossip, rumors, lies,
    making fun of, manipulating friendships, mean
  • Intentional where a person cannot defend self
  • Peer abuse

Definition (Bully)
  • A person who directs physical, verbal or
    psychological aggression or harassment toward
    others, with the goal of dominating another
    individual. It is done with the intention of
    undermining an individuals emotional confidence,
    self-esteem or social status.

Definition (Victim)
  • Someone who repeatedly is exposed to aggression
    from peers in the form of physical attacks,
    verbal assaults or psychological abuse.

  • Cyberbullies use e-mail, IMs,blogs, chat rooms,
    and social networking sites as well as cell phone
    texting and photos to harass their victims. This
    is done by sending insulting messages and
    threats, spreading rumors, posing as someone else
    and sending messages supposedly from that person,
    and posting embarrassing photos.
  • The growth of social networking among teenagers
    is staggering.
  • According to a study,15 million U.S. teens are
    social network users.
  • Among teens, 65 are members of an online social
  • 72 of 12-17 year olds are text users, with an
    average of 1,500 texts per month.
  • Social networking also takes place on gaming
    sites, available through consoles, such as
    Nintendo, Wii, Playstation, and Xbox where they
    can create profiles and chat with other players.

Cyberbullying Continued
  • The National Crime Prevention council indicated
    that 43 of teens reported being victims of
  • Warning Signs
  • Unexplained anxiety
  • Anger, sadness, fear
  • Failing grades
  • Lack of interest in friends, school, or other
  • Trouble sleeping
  • More or less interest in the computer or cell

  • Sexting involves sending sexually explicit
    messages and/or nude or semi-nude photos
    electronically. This can be via cell phones or
    over the internet.
  • The trouble with sexting is photos can be
    distributed widely, therefore ruining
    reputations, causing anxiety, depression, and
    ultimate embarrassment.
  • In addition, it is a CRIME. Federal law makes it
    illegal to possess, distribute, or take sexually
    explicit images of anyone under the age of 18.

What can parents do about sexting
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of
  • Set rules and consequences for breaking these
  • Make sure you know who your child is
    communicating with.
  • Inform your child that they risk jail time as
    well as being labeled a sex offender.
  • Inform them that anything that they send or post
    may never go away.
  • Be aware of sexting shortcuts and acronyms.

Popular SextingShortcuts and Acronyms
  • TDTM-Talk dirty to me
  • NIFOC-Nude in front of the computer
  • P911-Parent alert
  • RUH-Are you horny?
  • GNOC- Get naked on camera
  • MOSS-Member of the same sex
  • K4Y-Kiss for you
  • 8-Oral sex
  • 143-I Love You
  • 182-I hate you

Goal of Bullying Awareness Prevention
  • Everyone must help exert
  • leadership in recognizing bullying,
  • refusing to participate, and in
  • coming to the aid
  • of victims
  • skillfully and nonviolently.
  • Dan Olweus

How can I tell if my child is being bullied?
  • There's a good chance your child will not
    come to you and report that they are being
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Do not want to attend school-upset
  • Isolation from others, even in the home
  • Anxiety (panic attacks)
  • Self-mutilation (cutting)

Not my child
  • What to do if your child is the bully?
  • 1. Talk it out
  • 2. Decrease violence at home, turn off violent
    television programs and video games
  • 3. Teach positive behaviors
  • 4. Seek professional help if needed
  • According to the U.S Department of Health and
    Human Services, bullying can be a sign of other
    serious antisocial or violent behavior that can
    lead to future problems in school and with the

Bullying Tips for Parents
  • Be involved in your childs life, including
    computer time.
  • Teach your child how to be more assertive without
    being passive or violent.
  • Be alert when the circumstances are violent or
    dangerous, involve law enforcement.
  • Be informed-learn about your schools policy
    toward bullying.
  • Speak out and connect with other parents or
    community members who care about creating a safe,
    positive environment.

Policy and Procedure for District 215
  • School-wide policy- The district will not
    tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or
    bullying, whether verbal, physical or visual that
    affects the tangible benefits of education,
    unreasonably interferes with a students
    educational performance or creates an
    intimidating, hostile or offensive educational
  • Depending on the level of the infraction, a
    student may be referred for one or more of the
    following (1) counselor referral, (2) social
    worker referral, (3) parent conference and/or
    suspension of up to 10 days, and/or (4)
    recommendation for expulsion. Public Act 92-0260,
    105 ILCS 5/10-20.14

Resources for Parents
  • www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov
  • www.nobully.org
  • www.safeyouth.org
  • www.isafe.org
  • www.antibullying.net

Thank You!
  • Thornton Fractional South High School
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