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Transcript of Bullying:

My Walk to School
March 11, 2008
by Andrea Wilson
Definition of a Bully:
The Five-Step No Blame Process (Sullivan219):

an adult when it is happening.

• i-Safe American survey of students bullying statistics
58 percent of kids admit to never telling an adult when they've been the victim of a bullying attack.

the school if the attacks are taking place on school property or have something to do with the school.

messages sent by cyber bullies.

When Being Bullied...
1. Meet with the victim.
Explain the process.
Focus on the feelings that are the result of the bullying.
Ask the victim to consent to the process being used.
Ask for names of students who could be in the group.
Invite the victim to produce a piece of writing or a picture that expresses their feelings.
2. Select the group.
Consult with teachers.
Include representatives of the entire group
3. Hold a meeting with the group.
Explain the problem.
Avoid too much detail and do not apportion blame.
Ask the group members for their ideas.
4. Leave the outcome up to the group.
Review one week later.
Check on the group's progress.
Check with the victim.
5. Follow-up.
Emily Bazelon, who wrote
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering The Power of Character and Empathy
comprised a list of resources concerning bullying:
Book Resources for students
by Judy Blume (8-12 year olds)
Hate List
by Jennifer Brown (teenagers)
3. Bully by Judith Caseley (young children)
The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier (middle school)
Hooway for Wodney Wat
by Helen Lester (young children)
by R.J. Palacio (all ages)
Movies and Videos
Bully Dance
(10 minute animated film)
The Karate Kid
(1984, 2010)
Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside
(MTV documentary)
Mean Girls
Positive Approach Against Bullying
"No Blame Approach"
From Roots to Results
"Bullying Poem" by Nho Doubt
Fist punch.
Foot crunch.
Hand hit.
Mouth spit.
Eye swells.
Can’t see.
Let me be.
Rips my homework.
Steals my money.
Grabs my lunch.
Thinks it’s funny.
I won’t tell, I swear I won’t.
Please don’t do that. I said “Don’t!”
Sticks and stones may break my bones …
… but names can really hurt.

a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. (Dictionary.com)

to act the bully towards; intimidate; domineer. (Dictionary.com)

when a person uses IT to embarrass, harass, intimidate, threaten, or otherwise cause harm to individuals targeted for such abuse. (McQuade 2)
Through the doors.
Up the stairs.
Face is bloody.
No one cares.
In the washroom.
Clean up the mess.
I’ll be safe
Until … recess.
Facts About Bullying
• Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.

• Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.

• 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time.

• Over 67% of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.

• 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

• 1 in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.

• Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.

Information from http://www.dosomething.org
Statistics About Bullying
• About 42 percent of kids have been bullied while online with one in four being verbally attacked more than once.

• About 35 percent of kids have been threatened online.

• Other bullying statistics show that about 77 percent of students have admitted to being the victim of one type of bullying or another.

• The American Justice Department bullying statistics show that one out of every 4 kids will be bullied sometime throughout their adolescence.

• 46 percent of males followed by 26 percent of females have admitted to being victims in physical fights as reported in one report of bullying statistics by the Bureau of Justice School.

Information from http://bullyingstatistics.org
What do bullies look like?

According to Dr. Joel Haber, “Bullies may be popular, smart, confident, and socially adept. However…most bullies tend to share several of the following characteristics” (Hirsch and Lowen 7):

• “They lack empathy or self-control and need skill building and mentoring”

• “They experience conduct problems”

• “They feel the drive to be popular”

• “They exhibit delinquency and intolerance for others”

• “They experience violent contexts at home and/or in their community”
Taking Action!
Information from http:bulllyingstatistics.org
Interesting Fact:
Originally bully meant “sweetheart” back in the 1530s, coming from the Dutch word “boel” which meant “lover; brother,” an element of a Middle Dutch word “broeder” or “brother;” however, the meaning deteriorated by the 1700s and eventually became a more negative term (Dictionary.com).
Information from
Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat The Bullying Crisis
Edited by Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen with Dina Santorelli
Signs of a Victim:
According to Hirsch and Lowen (172 - 173):

• “A lack of interest in school or refuses to go to school”

• “Fears riding the school bus or takes a new and unusual route to school”

• “Has physical marks, cuts, bruises, and scrapes not consistent with explanation”

• “Unexplained damaged or missing toys, school supplies, electronic items, clothes, lunches, money, etc….”

• “Afraid to be left alone; wants you there at dismissal,…or is suddenly clingy with you or other adults when around peers”

• “Begins bullying siblings or younger kids”

• “Sudden drop in grades, trouble focusing or concentrating”

• “Blames self for problems; feels ‘not good enough’”

• “Talks about feeling helpless or about suicide, runs away”
Get away
if you don't feel safe
Tell an adult
about it
4. Be an
for yourself
1. Get
the person names
in front of the person who's bullying you
bullying and hope it stops
Information from Naomi Drew's
No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along
Information from Naomi Drew's
No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along (222)
Information from
Bullying in Secondary Schools: What It Looks Like and How to Manage It
by Keith Sullivan, Mark Cleary, and Ginny Sullivan
Information from
Bullying in Secondary Schools: What It Looks Like and How to Manage It
by Keith Sullivan, Mark Cleary, and Ginny Sullivan
More Resources:
Resources from Emily Bazelon (324, 329-330):
Organizations and Programs :
Stop Bullying: Speak Up (A Facebook Campaign against Bullying): www.facebook.com/stopbullyingspeakup.
A Thin Line (An MTV campaign to stop the spread of digital abuse): www.athinline.org.
Bully Busters: www.bully-busters.com
The Committee for Children: www.cfchildren.org.
KiVa: www.kivakoulu.fi/there-is-no-bullying-in-kiva-school.
Peaceful Schools: www.backoffbully.com.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS): www.pbis.org.

Yes, I'm bouncing back from a state of sadness and gloom.

I can't allow this sad state of mind to linger and loom.

No one, especially a kid like me, should be made to feel this way.

I'm very unhappy because I am bullied almost every day.

I've decided I'm bouncing back to the good old days when my life was full of nothing
but lots of fun.

So, those of you who've been bullying me on line and at school, got a news flash for you,
I'm bouncing back! The days of you bullying me are over and done.

Better yet, though it may not be easy at first, you might try real hard ending you[r] bullying
ways. Why not switch to a more harmonious track.

Because lots of kids I know who have been bullied, just like me, are real quickly going to
start bouncing back!

From poetrysoup.com / PoetrySoup 2014

Works Cited:
I'm Bouncing Back
by Al Johnson
More Results:
Dr. Ken Rigby, a leading bullying expert of Australia, suggests 5 methods of intervention against bullying in lieu of traditional methods :
Strengthen the victim
: train the victim to cope and act more assertive.
: students work with a trained teacher or peer-mediator to resolve the dispute.
Restorative practice
: bullies reflect on their behavior.
Support group method
or 'No blame approach.'
5. The
method of shared concern
: bullies are interviewed individually to "gain their cooperation in improving the victim's situation." The victim is interviewed and later is invited to join the group to bring about a solution.
Information from "Six Ways of Dealing with Bullying." University of South Australia. October 29, 2010. <http://www.unisa.edu.au//>.
Andreakwilson [Andrea Wilson]. “My Walk to School.” WordPress.com. WordPress.com, 11 Mar. 2008.
Web. 14 Nov. 2014. https://bullypoems.wordpress.com.

Bazelon, Emily.
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of
Character and Empathy
. New York: Random House, 2013.

“Bullying Statistics.”
Bullying Statistics
, 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2014. http://www.bullyingstatistics.org//.

Dictionary.com, LLC
, 2014. “Bully.” “Bullying.” Web. 14 Nov. 2014. http://dictionary.reference.com//.

Doubt, Nho. “Bullying Poem.” Online video clip.
. YouTube, 20 Jan. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.

Drew, Naomi.
No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger,
Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along
. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2010.

“11 Facts About Bullying.”
, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014. http://www.dosomething.org//.

Hirsch, Lee and Cynthia Lowen, eds. with Dina Santorelli.
Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents,
and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis
. New York: Weinstein Books, 2012.

Johnson, Al. “I’m Bouncing Back.” PoetrySoup. PoetrySoup, 2014. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.

McQuade III, Samuel C., James P. Colt, and Nancy B.B. Meyer.
Cyber Bullying: Protecting Kids & Adults
From Online Bullies
. Westport: Praeger P, 2009.

n.p. “Six Ways of Dealing with Bullying.” News and events. Media Release. University of South Australia,
29 Oct. 2010. Web. 14 Nov. 2014. http://www.unisa.edu.au//.

Sullivan, Keith, Mark Cleary, and Ginny Sullivan.
Bullying in Secondary Schools: What It Looks Like and
How to Manage It
. London: Paul Chapman P; Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, 2004.

A Bully:
Where R U???
When Being Bullied...
Developed by George Robinson and Barbara Maines
Positive Results Because:
Focuses on how the victim feels and not on what happened or who did it.
Causes the bully and their supporters to think about how their behavior impacts the victim.
Forces the bystanders to be involved in helping find a solution.
The group is asked to help and the teacher "makes it clear that it is up to them--it is their process" (Sullivan 217).
"Non confrontational" approach (Sullivan 217).
No one is going to be blamed for anything that has happened.

All in all, the "participants are give the opportunity to empathize with the victim, the bully perhaps for the first time" (Sullivan 218).
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