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Transcript of Bullying
-Bullies are the unpopular kids at school
-The tough and aggressive bullies are anxious and insecure individuals who use bullying as a means of compensating poor self-esteem
National Education Association estimates that more than 160,000 children stay home from school every day because of bullying
Nearly 30 percent of students who reported being bullied at least once or twice at school during the 2010-11 school year, fewer than 40 percent told an adult at school about it
Research and surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years
1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.
2005-2011 Bulling incidence remained the same
No one else has the power to make us feel bad about ourselves
it's our responsibility to filter out the stuff that people say that's inaccurate or rude
"Words only have the power I give them"
"Bullies aren't cool" - promoting hate
Instead of changing the world around them- focus on the victims themselves
Reducing Bully Retaliation
1. Have child to deal with bully directly
2. Have child consider what bully really wants
3. Have child respond to bully as they would a friend
Teachers don't know how to act
Victims are told to tell authority then the problem only becomes worse
If your child was being bullied, what would you do?
Bullying vs Teasing
-Pattern of behavior
-Imbalence of power
-If you asked them to stop, they would
-Teasing goes both ways
-Have a close relationship with them
1. “not my concern.”
2. fear of the consequences
3. responsibility is (or should be) with the victim “they should stick up for themselves”
4. personal action to stop the bullying would be useless, or might even make matters worse
Reasons for not helping victim
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual- 4x more likely
Disabilities- 2-3x more likely
Low self esteem
Perceived as weak
Anonymous and distributed quickly
(1) By March 1, 2010, the department shall do all of the following:
(a) Develop a model school policy on bullying by pupils. The policy shall include all of the following:
1. A definition of bullying.
2. A prohibition on bullying.
A procedure for reporting bullying that allows reports to be made confdentially
prohibition against a pupil retaliating against another pupil for reporting an incident of bullying
procedure for investigating reports of bullying
. The procedure shall identify the school district employee in each school who is responsible for conducting the investigation and require that the parent or guardian of each pupil involved in a bullying incident be notified.
6. A requirement that school
district officials and employees report incidents of bullying
and identify the persons to whom the reports must be made.
7. A list of disciplinary alternatives for pupils that engage in bullying or who retaliate against a pupil who reports an incident of bullying.
8. An identification of the school-related events at which the policy applies.
9. An identification of the property owned, leased, or used by the school district on which the policy applies.
10. An identification of the vehicles used for pupil transportation on which the policy applies.
Develop a model education and awareness program on bullying
(c) Post the model policy under par. (a) and the model program under par. (b) on its Internet site.
By August 15, 2010, each school board shall adopt a policy prohibiting bullying by pupils
. The school board may adopt the model policy under sub. (1) (a). The school board shall provide a copy of the policy to any person who requests it. Annually, the school board shall distribute the policy to all pupils enrolled in the school district and to their parents or guardians.
Parents can be ticketed by police, fined over $100 for child's bullying
May 20th, 2013
For parents unwilling to cooperate
Liz Heier- Age 13
Marshfield Middle School
What is the School Doing?
Unit in Health Class- how to cope
Have you ever been bullied?
Pigeon toed- teased- "have a good mom that says not to worry about it"
Does bullying occur at school?
mainly internet- facebook, instagram
lunchroom- girls not eating-"anorexic"
What Doesn't Work
"No tolerance" policies ignore the fact that some teasing and unkind behavior to others is part of typical development
-schools over reacting to certain events
Group therapy for bullies
What is bullying?
Sonia recently moved to Lincoln Heights and just finished her first week at the local middle school. At 5 feet 8 inches, she towered over most of the students in her seventh grade class. While looking for a place to sit during lunch, another student called to her, “Hey, shorty, there’s a spot over here!” Sonia paused for a moment and another girl from the group waved her over. “Don’t pay attention to her,” she told Sonia. “That’s just the way we talk to each other. They call me Einstein because I got all C’s on my last report card.”
Harmless teasing or hurtful language? Why?
For years, Angel has made fun of his best friend, Dave’s, peanut butter obsession. “You’d eat my gym sock if it was covered in peanut butter,” he once told Dave. One day in science lab, the students designed mazes to test the intelligence of white mice. When the teacher told the class that they would be baiting the mazes with peanut butter, Angel called out, “Better be careful—Dave might get to the end of the maze before the mice!” The other students broke out in laughter.
Harmless teasing or hurtful language? Why?
Roll of Health Care Providers
-assist parents in raising non-violent children
-screen for bullying during visits
-look for school phobia, mood, depression, withdrawn manner
Recognizing Clinical Signs
Illness to avoid school
Change in eating habits
Unexplained cuts, bruises
Frequent headaches, stomach
Anxiety, sadness, depression
Talk of suicide
Helping Your Child
Reassure your child
Learn the facts
Let authorities know
Encourage safe activities and friendships
Use role play
Have a safety plan
43% of teens reported that they have experienced cyberbullying
75% of teens (ages 12-17) have a cell phone (including 58% of 12-year olds)
95% of teens go online
27% of teens report that their parents have no idea what they are doing online
Imbalance of Power
Verbal, Physical, Social
Health Care Providers
School-wide component- training, awareness, monitoring
Classroom component- reinforced school-wide rules, building social and emotional skills
Intervention component- students who are frequent targets or perpetrators
Share an experience where you have been bullied or perhaps a bully yourself or been accused. What was the impact and how does it affect you today?
Alternate View Point
Bully's are like hackers
Show you where your bugs are and allows you to fix them
Keep communication open
Encourage kids to do what they love
Be a good role model
Know what your children are doing
Give them advice
5x more likely to self-harm
Links to violence- school shootings
Conflicting data- shootings result of bullying or mental disorders?
If your child was being bullied,
What would you do?
Start in grade school
Change culture and climate of school
Continuous complete effort
Include in curriculum
Budget with administrative support
School social workers
Who should Delegate?
feel lonely and humiliated
miss out on learning
grow into adult bullies
become involved in criminal activity
may participate in bullying
worry about being next target
What are other health plans doing?
Affinity Health Plan and Sinergia Shine the Light on Bullying “Unity Day” event will feature a Bullying Prevention Forum, a Presentation by the NYPD and a Poster Contest
Majority provide information
Perceived as being "different"
No one solution to bullying
Every situation is different
Community Role- Recommendations
Collect Comprehensive Data- assess where, when
Education programs for parents
Partner with schools to implement bullying programs- train staff
Incorporate youth activities
Form of Violence
Maintenance of Certification. (2013). Retrieved from American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:
Parents can be ticketed, fined for child's bullying in Wisconsin town. (2013, June). Retrieved from Fox News:
Block, R. W. (n.d.). The Clinician’s Response to. Retrieved July 2013, from American Academy of Pediatrics:
Christopher Ferguson, C. S. (2007). The Effectiveness of School-Based. Criminal Justice Review, V32 (4) 401-414.
Cynthia Haines, G. N. (2012, January). Bullies: Helping Your Child Cope. Retrieved July 2013, from Security Health Plan:
Ken Rigby, B. J. (2007). Playground Heros. Retrieved July 2013, from Greater Good- University of California Berkeley:
Koucky. (n.d.). Healthy Peer Relationships. Retrieved July 2013, from WordPress:
Maddi, S. R. (2003, December). Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Hardiness Helps People Turn Stressful Circumstances into Opportunities. Retrieved July 2013, from
American Psycological Association: http://www.apa.org/research/action/lemon.aspx
Marlene D. Melzer-Lange, R. W. (2005). Bullying Prevention: Wisconsin Takes a Stand. Retrieved from Wisconsin Medical Journal:
NYOS. (n.d.). Stop Bullying. Retrieved July 2013, from National Organizations for Youth Saftey: http://www.noys.org/mydocuments/noys_bullying_toolkit_final_1.pdf
Policy on Bullying. (n.d.). Retrieved July 2013, from Wisconsin Legislative Documents: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/118/46
Robert Berlin, D. J. (2011). Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention. Wheaton: County of Du Page.
Swearer, S. (2010, April). Bullying: What Parents, Teachers Can Do to Stop it. Retrieved July 2013, from American Psychological Association:
Wang, X.-X. (2012, May). Dealing with Bullying. Retrieved July 2013, from Music Life Philosophy: http://musiclifephilosophy.com/articles/bullying
"Diffusion of responsibility"
Presence of others hinders an individual from intervening in an emergency situation
Strong and Assertive
"thank you for sharing that with me"
"if you think so"
"knock it off"
Inappropriate sexual comments
Rude hand gestures
Georgia State University- Meta Analysis
Absence of effective incentives for bullies
Population and timing
50% genetic, 50% non genetic
Olweus- involves the community
partnerships, committee members, spread the message
Seen success across the US