Responding to Bullying(PowerPoint Presentation)

Responding to Bullying(PowerPoint Presentation)
Responding to Bullying
Texas House Bill 1942
O Texas House Bill 1942 was
passed to address how schools
must make their campuses safer
for all students specifically
regarding the issues of bullying
and cyberbullying.
BISD Policy
O The Brownsville Independent
School District prohibits the
bullying of a student. It also
prohibits retaliation against any
person, including a victim, a
witness or another person, who in
good faith provides information
concerning an incident of bullying.
What is Bullying?
O Bullying occurs when a student or a group of
students engages in written or verbal
expression, expression through electronic
means, or physical conduct that:
O Will have the effect of physically harming a
student, damaging a student’s property, or
placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to
the student’s person or of damage to the
student’s property; or
O Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that
the action or threat creates an intimidating,
threatening, or abusive educational environment
for a student.
O Bullying is a problem that creates a climate of
fear, that affects the whole school, and in some
cases, the entire community.
O When we fail to recognize and stop bullying
behavior as it occurs, we actually promote
O The effects of bullying can be serious and even
O According to a report by the U.S. Secret Service,
bullying played a significant role in many school
Imbalance of Power
O It is considered bullying if the
conduct exploits an imbalance of
power between the student
perpetrator and the student
Different Types of Bullying
O Physical Bullying:
O Any physical contact that would hurt or injure a person like
hitting, kicking, or punching.
O 30.5% of all bullying in schools is physical.
O Verbal Bullying:
O Name-calling, making offensive remarks, or joking about a
person’s religion, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status,
or the way they look.
O 46.5% of all bullying in schools is the verbal type.
O Indirect Bullying:
O Spreading rumors or stories about someone, telling others
about something that was told to you in private, and
excluding others from groups.
O 18.5% of all bullying in schools is indirect.
Other Types of Bullying
O Social Alienation
O Bully excludes someone from a group on purpose.
O Intimidation
O Bully threatens someone else and frightens that
person enough to make him or her do what the bully
O Cyberbullying
O Sending messages, pictures, or information using
electronic media, computers, or cell phones.
O In 2003, only 4% of cyberbullying was reported;
however the growth of this type of bullying is going
up fast because of the spread of technology around
the world.
Examples of Bullying
O Bullying of a student may include:
O hazing
O threats
O taunting
O teasing
O confinement
O assault
O demands for money
O destruction or theft of property
O name calling
O rumor spreading
Effects of Student Harassment
and Bullying
O Lowered academic achievement and aspirations
O Increased anxiety
O Loss of self-esteem and confidence
O Depression and post-traumatic stress
O General deterioration in physical health
O Self-harm and suicidal thinking
O Feelings of alienation in the school environment,
such as fear of other children
O Absenteeism from school
O Bullying is always wrong and it is a sign of a
larger problem.
O Students have the right to feel safe at school.
O Students have the right and are encouraged
to report any type of bullying
O Students have the right to be treated with
respect, regardless of race, religion,
appearance or social beliefs.
What to do
O Students who bully, victims of
bullying, and bystanders can be
referred to counselors and
administrators who deal with these
groups accordingly.
O BISD Crisis Intervention Flow Chart for
Bullying will then be followed.
Forms to Document Bullying
O Bullying Investigative Report
O Findings of Bullying Investigation
O Parental Notice of
Bullying(Victim, Perpetrator or
O School Safety Transfer
Preventing Bullying
O Increase the awareness of everyone at school
toward bullying problems.
Assess the scope of the problem.
Identify both the students that are bullying and
the students that are being bullied.
Intervene in a timely manner with clear and
consistent consequences
Encourage by-standers to intervene
appropriately to help stop the bullying.
Reward pro-social behavior of all students.
Teacher Strategies
O Have assigned seating (and change seating plan if you
see a problem arise).
Be consistent.
Take every student’s complaint seriously.
Have meetings with the counselor and/or administrator
to discuss bullying issues.
Get parents involved.
Be approachable.
Create an open and safe environment
Setting up a Bully-free Classroom
O Talk to your students about bullying.
O Make anti-bullying part of one of your lessons.
O Give the students a list of anti-bullying rules that you
can also hang somewhere in the classroom.
Have the students sign an anti-bullying class pledge on
a banner and hang in the classroom.
Do activities that promote class unity.
Have an anonymous “notes-to-the-teacher” box.
Do not allow students to pick their own groups.
Keep your eyes and ears open at all time!!
Counseling Services
O Counseling services for victims,
witnesses and bullies will be
provided after an investigation
has been conducted and
verification of an incident has
been confirmed.
O Bullying will not be tolerated in
BISD and protective measures
are in place to ensure the safety
of all BISD students.
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