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Transcript of BULLYING
What is Bullying?
Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
Types/Classifications of Bullying
Speaking or Writing
Name - calling
Threatening to cause harm
Inappropriate sexual comments
Reputations or Relationships
Telling other kids not to be friends with someone
Leaving someone out on purpose
publicly embarrassing someone
Body or Possessions
Taking/breaking someone's things
Mean/Rude hand guestures
Rumors/embarrassing photos/videos/websites sent via email/social networking
After watching the video, list as many types of bullying you witness.
What do you believe are the reasons that people bully in the first place?
Before you continue with the rest of the presentation, please post your answers to both parts of the first question on Canvas.
Factors for Bullying
Children and teens who have a positive attitude toward violence are more likely to bully.
Children and teens with high status social roles in schools may bully to enhance their social power and keep status.
Children and teens with low social status roles may bully to enhance social standings or deflect bullying from themselves.
Lack of warmth, involvement, & supervision from parents
Harsh or physical discipline from parents or guardians
Victimization by older siblings
Lack of rule enforcement or no policy for bullying in schools
Little supervision of students during lunch, hallways, recess
Social culture of television, movies & games
Impact of Bullying
Low Self Esteem
Physical/Mental Health Issues
Dropping out of school
Partakes in fights often
Earn poor grades
Negative attitude toward school
May carry a weapon
May abuse future children
Powerless to act
Guilty for not acting
Tempted to participate
Students who are in a bullying school environment do not feel safe even attending school; whether they are being bullied, just witnesses, and even the bully themselves.
Please READ ALL of the news reports (even if it includes a video). These are real incidents and real victims
Jonathan Martin - Miami Dolphins
Reflecting on the original video of Jonah Mowry posted on Canvas, and the articles, and perhaps experience, why do you think school educators and officials were hesitant and in most cases completely ignoring the bullying that they were witnessing?
If a student is showing signs of being bullied, what are some actions you could do as a teacher to stop it with out the fear from the student of "making it worse"?
After watching the videos, what are some ways that you can encourage your school and its students to stand up to bullying? How do you think your students and co-workers will respond to your encouragement and ideas?
Here are some inspiring stories of students and schools standing up to bullying....
This is more from Nick Vujicic - this is a longer video and
...but he is extremely hilarious and knows how to really connect with the students - this is an
Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.
Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.
56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
The Other Side of the Story...
Most people would agree that bullying in schools is wrong and should be stopped; however, there are other views of this crisis. Those who view the other side do not believe there is a bullying crisis or epidemic in schools today. Some believe that over protective parents don't let their kids "just be kids", and that getting a "thicker skin" is what helps us succeed in life.
"Stop Panicking Over Bullies"
In April 2012, the Editor in Chief of
, Nick Gillespie, wrote an opinion article for the world to see via
The Wall Street Journal
about how bullying in the U.S. is actually NOT a problem!
"But is America really in the midst of a 'bullying crisis,' as so many now claim? I don't see it. I also suspect that our fears about the ubiquity of bullying are just the latest in a long line of well-intentioned yet hyperbolic alarms about how awful it is to be a kid today...there is no growing crisis. Childhood and adolescence in America have never been less brutal."
Gillespie goes on to say that most reports of bullying are due to over-protective parents that are easily worried, as well as highly elected officials going 'over board' with what constitutes bullying.
"As for the rising wave of laws and regulations designed to combat meanness among students, they are likely to lump together minor slights with major offenses. The anti-bullying movement is already conflating serious cases of gay-bashing and vicious harassment with things like…a kid who was called 'Cheese' having a tough time in grade school....Now that schools are peanut-free, latex-free and soda-free, parents, administrators and teachers have got to worry about something...it seems that adults have responded by becoming ever more overprotective and thin-skinned.
The numbers apparently can not lie, according to him with in the past years bullying has gone down significantly since the early 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Despite the rare and tragic cases that rightly command our attention and outrage, the data shows that things are, in fact, getting better for kids. When it comes to school violence, the numbers are particularly encouraging. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, between 1995 and 2009, the percentage of students who reported "being afraid of attack or harm at school" declined to 4% from 12%. Over the same period, the victimization rate per 1,000 students declined fivefold.
Bullying? No, just growing up!
"Bullying is a natural part of childhood"
"Sticks and Stones will break your bones but words will never hurt you"
"Jealousy is the best form of flattery, those girls are just jealous..."
"No one likes a tattle tale... just ignore them"
"Boys will be boys...."
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"
"Just punch them back and you'll be fine"
These are common phrases that children often hear from parents, older siblings, and friends...some may say it is insensitive, but could they actually be right? After all, bullying has always been apart of history...if it doesn't kill you, is it possible it could make you stronger? Some people seem to think so!
CAUTION: LANGUAGE IS VULGAR!!
Brett Easton Ellis
Author of popular novel turned movie classic, American Psycho, went to Twitter to express his views about the bullying "crisis" in schools today.
"When I was bullied: you manned-up. You learned something. You realized: I'm not getting the gold star. You realized: you lose. Deal with it."
"Why my Children are NOT the Center of My World!"
Stephanie Metz is a mother of two who writes her blog, "Why my Children are NOT the Center of My World" from her home in South Dakota. Like others in the country, she believes that kids who are being bullied should toughen up!
“How long will it be before my son's typical boy-ish behavior gets them suspended from school? The mentality of our society in 2013 is nauseating to me, friends.
Metz states that if you try to protect your child from all things "evil" what you're really doing is setting your child up to fail.
“Kids are being raised to never have to deal with adversity, I don’t think we are raising a generation that will be able to function in the real world. Society is constantly coddling your kids! For example, giving trophies to the kids
who do NOT
win in a sporting event!
Understand I am not condoning kids to be cruel to each other, but I think kids need to toughen up when kids are not nice to them."
Metz's blog has surpassed over 2 million views and includes a comments section. She has gotten some criticism of course, but also compliments and praise.
“There are many viewpoints, but I think a lot of people agreed with what I said and they just want to share my post.”
Through out pop culture society there are strong anti-bullying views, songs, and media; but, what about those who send the message to fight back? Why wouldn't a child want to show everyone that they're stronger than them? That they can come out on top? Like this video from pop artist Jessie J whose song and video show that anyone can over come bullying AND have a fan base!
Does it in fact make you stronger if it doesn't kill you? What is your final stance on bullying and do you think those that hold the opposite view have any good points?
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Anti -Bullying Legislation
Legislation enacted nationally or by a sub-national jurisdiction to help reduce and end bullying against students.
Initiated in Quebec City, started in full effect in 2004
After conducting a study, 50% of children in schools were being bullied by teachers and peers. September 6, 2013, President Benigno Aquino III signed the Act.
49 states in the U.S. have passed the Act. The first to do so was Georgia in 1999. Montana is the only state with out the act. At present, no federal law directly addresses bullying. In some cases, bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment which is covered under federal civil rights laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 provides for state schools for 'Determination by head teacher of behavior policy'. Though there is no direct act against bullying, head teachers of public schools are able and encouraged to take sever action against bullying.