Bullying is unwanted, aggressive, repeated behavior, typically among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. (Adapted from: http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/definition/index.html)
- For behavior to be considered bullying, it must be aggressive, there must be a real or perceived power imbalance and the behavior must be repeated.
- There are different types of bullying: verbal, physical, social (sometimes referred to as relational bullying or relational aggression), and cyber-bullying.
- Verbal bullying can include saying mean things, taunting, name-calling, threats to cause harm, inappropriate sexual comments and teasing.
- Physical bullying can include pushing, shoving, hitting, kicking, spitting, pinching, taking or breaking someone’s possessions and holding someone down.
- Social bullying can include isolating someone from their friends, leaving someone out, spreading rumors about someone, and embarrassing someone. Social bullying can include cyber-bullying.
- Cyber-bullying is verbal bullying using electronic technology, including text messages, email messages, social media sites and the internet. This behavior can include spreading rumors about someone, saying mean things about or to someone, or posting pictures of someone without their permission, with the intent to cause harm.
- Bullying can happen anywhere, before or after school, on the way to and from school, on the bus, on the playground, in the bathroom, stairwells or hallways, at home and via electronic technology.
- Indiana state law requires that all school corporations develop bullying prevention programs for the prevention of bullying behavior in schools, in accordance with P.L. 285-2013. (For guidance on this topic, please see: http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/bullying-prevention)
- Bullying prevention efforts must be sustained over time to be effective.
- From Counselor Talk, April 2018:
- Q: Ways your schools have students report bullying?
- A: We use a google form (link on our school website- stop sign). It has worked really well as it compiles the data and you can set alerts to receive an email when a form is submitted.
A: Our school uses the CyberBully Hotline that people can call anonymously. The calls/texts go to myself and the principal. We also have a referral form (google doc) for teachers for various referrals.CyberBully Hotline – Each school has their own number.It’s a national thing. http://www.cyberbullyho
- What I have learned: The Indiana Department of Education provides model lessons and resources for bullying prevention at all levels, elementary, middle and high school. See: http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/bullying-prevention
- Speakers for anti-bullying
- Kevin Wanzer and Blue are a great show! I would highly recommend contacting Lydia Stiehl, Indianapolis Colts, Mascot Program Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org (from Counselor Talk, May 2018)
- Last year we had Nathan from Your Life Speaks. https://www.yourlifespeaks.
org/meet-nathan He did a great job connecting with the students and we had several parents call to thank us after talking with their child. I recommend him! (from Counselortalk, August 2018)
- Nathan was amazing!! We had him last year and we are having him again this year.
- Matt Hart with React to Bullying is GREAT!! (Counselor Talk, September 2018)
- NEW! The Indiana Children’s Mental Health Awareness Committee, on behalf of Mental Health America of Indiana, is launching an initiative along with resources to all High Schools across the state of Indiana. These efforts are highly important for reaching out not only to administrators, teachers, and parents, but also to the youth themselves. Here are the exciting efforts being highlighted and recommended for you to complete with the youth that you serve:
- To This Day Tedtalk/Lesson: Before January 11th, 2019, complete theme activity called To This Day in classroom settings. This can occur on any day and time of your choosing before the identified date. Play the suggested TEDtalk video by Shane Koyczan and complete the lesson plan to follow video: //youtu.be/rlSal0NjOm8.
- Creative Project “Your Mental Health Matters”: Upon completion of the To This Day Tedtalk & Lesson, you will be invited to support youth in completing a creative art project that continues the conversation about youth mental health and bullying. Youth will have a chance to win one of many cash prizes with a Grand Prize of $1,000 CASH, AND have artwork displayed at the Indiana Statehouse during the entire month of May 2019 in recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Full details of this contest will be sent separately to any school that completes the activity as described above.
- You can download all needed materials to complete the recommended activities, at the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B0wtJMrn-RSOekUxSkhnNXFrZG8?usp=sharing
- Stop Bullying: http://www.stopbullying.gov/
- Cyberbullying: http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/index.html
- Evidence Based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying: http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/student-services/bullying-enclosure-8-20-13.pdf
- Indiana Anti-Bullying School Policy: http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/anti-bullying-school-policy
- Indiana Bullying Prevention: http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/bullying-prevention
- NEA’s Bully Free It Starts With Me: http://www.nea.org/home/neabullyfree.html
- Mental Health and Bullying: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-information?body_value=bullying&field_audiences_nid=All
- TEDtalk video by Shane Koyczan (Mental Health America of Indiana for October 2017 Bullying Prevention Month)
- Common Sense Media website: they have a ton of lessons on Digital Citizenship and they include Cyber bullying.
- Schoolwide toolkits from Pacer.org
- Burger King Bullying Prevention video
- Autism Anti-Bullying Guide
- Bully Incident Report forms
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