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.
Bullying
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
violence.
O The effects of bullying can be serious and even
fatal.
O According to a report by the U.S. Secret Service,
bullying played a significant role in many school
shootings.
Imbalance of Power
O It is considered bullying if the
conduct exploits an imbalance of
power between the student
perpetrator and the student
victim.
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
wants.
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
IMPORTANT POINTS:
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
Witness)
O School Safety Transfer
Preventing Bullying
O Increase the awareness of everyone at school
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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
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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
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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.
REMEMBER:
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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