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Bullying in Middle School

This presentation gives an overview of bullying in schools with a focus on the Albany area and William S. Hackett Middle School.
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Melanie Iannacone

on 30 September 2012

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Bullying What is bullying? Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both individuals who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Types of Bullying Boys

•Intimidation
•Control
•Humiliation
•Power Domination
•Threat's to one's safety

Tactics:
•Name calling
•Shoving
•Fistfights
•Extortion
•Defacing Victim's Property
•Pushing
•Spitting
•Kicking
•Repeated Physical Attacks
•Inappropriate Sexual Behavior Girls

•Social Cruelty
•Manipulation
•Hurt Feelings
•Subtle Rejection or Ostracism
•Character Assassination

Tactics:
•Name Calling
•Isolating the Victim
•Ethnic Slurs
•Spreading False Rumors Teasing Pushing Name-Calling Shoving Intimidation Taunting Spreading Rumors Leaving Someone Out on Purpose Embarrassing Someone Tripping Someone Pinching Were you ever bullied? Were you ever a bully? Students at William S. Hackett Middle School 56% of students agree that "many students at my school go out of their way to treat other students badly."
46% of students have been "insulted, teased, harassed"
67% of students have seen students "insulted, teased, harassed"
42% of students strongly disagree that "most students in their school try to treat others the way they want to be treated." So what do we do? 1.Post and Discuss clear rules as how to behave
•Bring books, pencil, and paper.
•Be in your seat when the tardy bell rings.
•Follow directions.
•Complete assignments.
•Show respect to others.
•We will help others who are being bullied by getting adult help and/or speaking out.
•We will try to include ALL students in activities 2.Have a "bully box" available for students to report bullying behavior in a confidential manner. 3.Praise and give recognition for students who speak out/stand up against bullying in your classroom. 4.Conduct class meetings to discuss bullying and what to do about it. 5.Promote a classroom environment that allows understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of individual differences. 6.Model respect for individual differences. 7.Explain the differences between telling and tattling. The major purpose of telling is to help someone, whereas the purpose of tattling is to get someone in trouble to gain attention. 8.Pair isolated students with friends, outgoing peers, or an older student. Do not put the bully and victim in the same group.
10.When Confronting a bully, do it in private. Challenging a bully in front of his/her peers may lead to further aggression. 9.Have individual talks with both the bullies and the victims. 11.Positively recognize bullies for improvements. 12.Teach bystanders to befriend the victims. Boys bully both boys and girls
Boys use more direct forms of bullying (physical and verbal bullying)
Boys are just as likely to use social and emotional taunting.
Girls are more likely to bully other girls but sometimes they bully boys.
Girls bully in groups more than boys do.
Girls behave well around adults and can be cruel and mean to peers.
Girls target weaknesses in others. Why Must Bullying be Stopped? It's more prevalent today than in the past and occurs in more serious forms.
It causes stress in students.
30% of all child suicides can be directly related to bullying.
10% of dropouts do so beccause of repeated bullying.
It contributes to poor school attendance.
60% of students characterized as bullies in grades 6 to 9 had at least one criminal conviction by age twenty-four, 40% had three of more arrests by that age. What does a bully look like?
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