Bullying Again

Well, since none of you answered my questions that I have about bullying, I must assume that you don’t know much about bullying either.

I read a great article today that does a great job defining and describing bullying.  It describes the difference in teasing and bullying — one of the questions I had.  The writer also gives great ideas for teachers and parents to empower their children to stand up against bullying.  I thought it was a great article and well worth a read.

Check it out.

It makes me wonder what anti-bullying program our elementary school has in place.  And what program our middle school has in place.  I just might do some asking around and find out.

If you are inspired to find out about your children’s school’s anti-bullying program, let me know what you find out.

I mentioned the other day that I feel like Elliot is in more danger of becoming the victim of bullying than Zachary is.  But this article points out why children with ADHD are more apt to be victim.  Interesting.

And I, of course, didn’t even mention the risk that a child with special needs carries in becoming the victim of bullying.  Ugh.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tia on October 19, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Our school has had huge anti-bullying pushes for the last 2 years. Last year they brought in a drama group to present the message of how to deal with bullies in an engaging way so that the students could see role playing on how to deal with bullies. We just finished a one-week anti-bullying emphasis, with the counselor going into each classroom talking about the difference between bullying and teasing, and the difference between tattling (to get someone in trouble) or reporting (to keeping youself or another child safe). Again, they showed the kids videos with specific role-playing examples of what to do in various situations. We also had an entire faculty meeting to train the teachers and staff on how to tell the difference between bullying and teasing, what to watch for, and ways to respond. Obviously, we think it’s pretty important. Our faculty training tied in how to spot signals of suicidal depression, because unforntunately, some bullied kids feel that this is the only way out. It’s good for parents to be informed too, so kuddos to you, Kelly, for doing the research.

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    • Wow, Tia! Glad to hear all of that. Sounds like they do a good job of doing the training that helps the students really understand what their choices are and what to do about it. Cool! I have always had a hard time with distinguishing between tattling and reporting — that’s a good description of the difference — “keeping yourself or another child safe.” Thanks a ton, Tia, for your insight and help with this!!

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