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Why have an Education Week?

BULLYING PREVENTION EDUCATION WEEK
September 28 - October 4, 2008
(Bullycide Awareness Day – September 29th)

If you hold a Bullying Prevention Education Week, let us know.  We would like to post your event and ideas to help others across the country.

All members of our communities – parents, educators, business leaders, concerned citizens – have a role to play in addressing the needs of our children.  It is only through concerned community efforts that such senseless acts of violence will decline.”  (Ginny Markell, President, National PTA, March 5, 2001)

Make Bully Prevention Education a priority everyday of the school year because…
Research shows bullying and harassment, even in the subtle (verbal, psychological, exclusion/social isolation) forms, may cause life long difficulties, including mental health problems leading to substance abuse, teen violence, suicide and accidental death related to increased risk taking, retaliatory violence and future (possibly life-long) impairments in work and family relationships (including domestic violence, child abuse, and animal abuse).”
Jodi Richardson, Arizona, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

What Can Be Done?
    Some of the things we must do as educators and parents are to:
  • Have a plan of action to educate students and communities about bullying
  • Select programs to teach about the consequences of bullying
  • Prepare students to react and take action when they see bullying
  • Focus attention on good behavior – Seize the teaching moments
  • Teach that bullying will not be tolerated
  • Be consistent, persistent and diligent in the resolve to stop bullying – raise the awareness that it won’t be tolerated.
  • Teach victims of bullying that they have the power to empower themselves, and
  • Teach bullies that they have the power to change, thus empowering themselves
    PREVENTION is the KEY!

    Creating a violence prevention and response plan can lessen bullying behavior.  A team must be formed that can ensure implementation of the plan.

    This plan should include:

  • Administering an anonymous questionnaire survey – this can help determine the nature and extent of bully/victim problems in the school.
  • The definition of bullying
  • Prevention Education
  • Ways for students to safely report trouble behaviors that may lead to dangerous situations.
     

    Bully Prevention Education Week
    IDEAS from Ed Week, September 10 - 16, 2006

    Bully Police USA has outlined ideas for Bully Prevention Education Week.  Educators, students, and parents will find this information to be quite helpful in raising the awareness about bullies and victims.

    These ideas have been submitted by individuals such as bullied survivors, parents who have children who have been bullied, clinical professionals, and educators.  While there are many programs that are being used in some schools/districts, we hope that regardless of where you are at in developing or refining your school/district program, you will find these suggestions helpful.

    Submitted by: E. Field, Melbourne, Australia www.bullying.com.au

  • Read books on school bullying and discuss them in class. 
  • Poster competitions, debates, listening to former young and older victims, listening to workplace bullying stories, dramas are good. 
  • Provide books, websites and psychologist/clinics who can help because schools can’t do everything and children need to learn skills.
    Submitted by: R,Todd, Arizona
  • Raise the awareness about bullying by inviting a special guest to speak on bullying. (police officer, mascot from a local business or sports team, victim of bullying, someone from experience on the subject of  bullying, etc.) to talk to the students on bullying.  This can be done in the classroom, as a school wide assembly, or a school sponsored evening event (potluck) inviting parents and students.
  • Role Play/Discussions – teach students the difference between tattling and telling (let the kids define) (i.e. Tattling is not bad, it is showing compassion for the victim)
  • Establish a “caring community” in which everyone looks out for and sticks up for everyone else.
  • Form “Peer Help”  - trained individuals/groups that victims can turn to for support
  • Create and review in each classroom Bully Policy/Rules and also include:

  • *  Make bullies aware that they are being watched.
    *  General class discussion identifying consequences for bullying 
    *  Discuss ways students can help the victim
  • Teachers/Schools: Send home information with the students relating to the prevention material that was covered.
  • Post on campus and include in the school paper reminders on school bully policies, how to report a problem, and a phone number, if available, to the district or state offices, of any bullying problem. 
    Submitted by: C. Sisk, Missouri
  •  Plan a community event – such as a BBQ.  Invite government officials, kids, parents, and businesses.
  • Invite a speaker to talk about bullying.  What it is. How to recognize it. What to do when it occurs. 
    Submitted by Kristi 
  • Write an essay or be a mentor for one who is being bullied and see what they experience on a daily basis.  The essay has to come from spending a week with that person.
    Submitted by L. Davidson, Michigan
  • Have all the students in the classroom draw a name out of a hat and give each child a strip of paper.  Whosoever name they draw they have to write something that they like about that person on the strip of paper-along with the name of the child that is intended for.  No need to sign (authors) own name.  The teacher/supervisor should read the finished strips of paper to make sure the students followed through with something nice and appropriate – maybe make this a 2-day project to allow time to read the comments.  This will show that everyone has nice qualities. Follow up with a discussion about the need to look for the good in people.
    Submitted by D. Sparks, Virginia
  • Prepare or purchase posters advertising anti-bully zones or addressing what bullying is and how children can help eliminate it. 
  • Prepare and distribute “Anti Bullying Pledges” that must be signed by each parent, child, and school administrator. 
  • Begin each school day with a poem, or reading, addressing bullying and/or how to respect others.
    Submitted by K. Noll & Dr. J. Carter  Authors, “Taking the Bully by the Horns
  • Teach kids the skills they need to handle bullies and feel good about themselves (self-esteem/life skills)
  • Teach kids better social kids. There are certain kids who are more likely to be bullied, such as kids with poor social skills. 
  • "Talking it out” will help prevent bullying. Child to Child (Peer Mediation); Teacher to Parent (PTO’s, PTA’s, Teacher to Teacher (in service days), Parent to Child (at home) There should be town meetings involving the parents, students, and entire school faculty to discuss Conflict Resolution.
  • Teach kids to understand the cause and effect of bullying – how it feels.
  • Parents need to get more involved in their children’s lives – promote honesty, ask questions, listen with an open mind and focus on understanding, allow children to express how they feel, treat a child’s feelings with respect.
  • Make “Pledge Hands” – Students make paper cut outs of their hand prints and write nonviolent messages on them. For example, “I will not use my hands or words for hurting.”  The “Pledge Hands” will serve as a visual reminder that together they can make a difference. 
  • Promote a white out day – Students wear as much white as possible to symbolize peace.
  • Promote a unity day – Students ware their school colors.
  • Promote a school pride day – The school may want to put up a peace flag outside on the days when there is no conflict in the school.  This promotes a pride in the school, and teaches them that even one persons actions can have consequences that affect everyone.
    Submitted by J. Pape
  • Make sure the victim knows whom they can go to when they are bullied.
    "Education is the key to every successful action we achieve in our individual lives, but when a group is educated, they gain synergy in a powerful movement.  Communities, teachers, parents and students must build a consistent, planned program to educate schools and classrooms about the dangers of bullying because all children deserve to go to school to learn in a peaceful and safe environment.Brenda High, Founder, Co-Director Bully Police USA 

    Bully Police USA challenges all who wish to make a difference, for the one child, or the many children, being bullied, to participate in BULLYING PREVENTION EDUCATION WEEK ~  September 10 - 16, 2006.

    First State to officially declare an Official Bullying Prevention Ed Week (2006), through Proclamation, as Bullying Awareness Week is - IDAHO

Definitions: SCHOOL BULLY - from the Victim's point of view
  • Refusal (not inability) to think rationally about themselves and others
  • Small scale Terrorist, with behavior mostly taking place during school time
  • Justifies harmful activities towards others with self psychological excuses ("I want to appear tough and in control")
  • Enjoys enforcing power on others and causing extreme fear
  • Over-bearing person who tyrannizes the non-violent and physically less strong
  • To rule by intimidation, terror
  • Threatens or acts violence on others

    (The only differences between a terrorist and a bully, is in the organized planning or cause of the activity, and the scale of terror.  A bullied child will believe that there is no difference between a terrorist and a bully, given the above definitions.)
     

  • 90% of students felt being bullied caused social, emotional, or academic problems. (Studies show, both bullies & victims have problems later in life because of bullying. 
  • 69% of students believe schools respond poorly to reports of bullying. 
  • Three out of four students report that they have been bullied. 
  • Each month over 250,000 students report being physically attacked. 
  • The five worst States for bullying, according to survey's done in 2004-6, are: (46) Connecticut, (47) Maine, (48) Washington, (49) Montana & (50) New Hampshire. 
    The five worst States, according to population, student enrollment and Dan Olweus, Ph.D., Study Percentages (1982-3) are: (46) Illinois, (47) Florida, (48) New York, (49) Texas & (50) California.

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