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Bully Prevention Info

Professional school counselors understand the need for all students to attend safe, orderly and caring schools. Through programs and activities, students learn communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills that help them achieve their goals and establish successful relationships. Professional school counselors collaborate with teachers, administrators, parents and the community to deliver programs that encourage student growth and achievement.

What is bullying?
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose. Bullying occurs repeatedly and over time. The behavior of bullying occurs in four forms: physical, verbal, emotional or exclusion, and cyber-bullying.

  1. Physical Bullying – Hitting, kicking, damaging property, or any physical aggression
  2. Verbal Bullying – Teasing, name calling, put downs, or other behavior that would deliberately hurt others’ feelings or make them feel bad
  3. Emotional or Exclusion Bullying – Starting rumors, telling others not to be friends with someone or other actions that would cause someone to be without friends
  4. Cyber-bullying – Using electronic devices such as but not limited to computers and cell phones to bully (bullying defined above) others through methods such as posting comments, statements, or pictures on blogs, websites, social networks, text messaging, instant messaging and email.

Taking Control of the Issue 
"Taking Control of the Issue - Speaker Discusses Bullying, Parenting"

This article from the Standard Journal in Milton, PA reports on guest speaker, Justin Lookadoo's presentation to parents on February 9, 2011. Lookadoo also presented to the Middle School and High School student bodies in separate assemblies during the day.

A Parent's Guide to Cyberbullying 2014 
Are your children on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, or Vine? Do they play games online such as Clash of Clans? So you say that they don't have a smartphone, but do they have an IPod Touch with access to the WiFi connection in house? If you answered yes to any of these questions, take the time to read through this Parent's Guide to Cyber-bullying.

10 Tips to Protect Your Child from Cyber Bullying
This link provides ten suggestions for protecting your kids from cyber bullying’s damaging effects: before, during and after conflicts arise.

District Policy 249- Bullying/Cyberbullying