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Uncovering bullying: Listening to students' experience & creating change (At-Risk Youth National Forum)
Transcript of Uncovering bullying: Listening to students' experience & creating change (At-Risk Youth National Forum)
Brunswick County Schools
Robert Smith, Watson College of Education, UNCW
LISTENING TO STUDENTS' EXPERIENCE & CREATING CHANGE
SENSE OF URGENCY!
Statistics - societal problem
Development of student identity
Policies (federal/state/local) vs. implementation
WHERE & HOW TO BEGIN?
involve all stake-holders
- grade level
- have you been bullied (no definition provided)
- if yes, how often (once/month, once/week, two-three
- if yes, please describe...
17 Qs for students
"Called names and made fun of for appearance and dressing differently; called a whore because I dated an older guy then we broke up. Excluded in group activities during group projects."
"Well I'm being called gay so I'm getting to the point like I don't need to come to school because I don't feel safe."
"Sometimes people come up to me and I don't even know them and they comment very rudely on how my teeth look. They say things like you need braces and why are your teeth so ugly? And other times people just make fun of me calling me ugly for no reason. They also make fun of my clothing occasionally."
"A successful school for young adolescents is an inviting, supportive, and safe place...Students and teachers understand they are part of a community where differences are respected and celebrated..." (NMSA, 2003, pp.12-14)
* students in North Carolina high schools in 2014 indicated they had been bullied in school in the last
* students admit in surveys to bullying others
* Estimated # of students that miss school every day
out of fear of being bullied
* American school children grades 6-10 who have been bullied or have bullied other children "sometimes" or more often, within a semester
- provides 11 key components for state laws & information on all 50 states
- NC's School Violence Prevention Act (updated 2012)
"Policy does not change behavior. Implementation does."
- Billy Lassiter, NC Deputy Commissioner for Division of Adult Corrections & Juvenile Justice
"Middle level students' primary concerns are focused on their peers and what others think of them. It is a time of tremendous insecurity for both boys and girls, and most of them experience some kind of rejection or exclusion exactly when being included is of utmost importance"
(Lane, 2005, p.2).
- comfort level in dealing with bullying
- general observations about bullying at the school
- could/should the school be doing more
TEACHER Q's (48 of 55 teachers responded)
4 teachers, 2 counselors, a parent, 6 students, 2 administrators
Reviewed teacher responses
Identified next steps – surveying students
4 months later... 620 of 810 students completed the survey
- indicated they had been bullied -
- students bullied daily (8%)
- students bullied 2-3 times a week (7%)
- of students saw bullying occurring at
- of students said they had a trusted adult
- students who are gay
- few or no friends
- act like the opposite gender
CREATING THE COUGAR WATCH
Creating the COUGAR WATCH
- students' roles & responsibilities took time
- parental involvement - permission
- democratic process - student input
- community involvement - open house
- Communities in Schools Success coach
- reinforced need for Positive Behavior Intervention & Support
- Relevancy & importance
- Adults as advocates for young people
- message: some bullying is okay if we do not address it
NC Counties Map
Share out bubbles:
Bradshaw, C.P., Sawyer, L.A., & O'Brennan, L. (2007)
U.S. Department of Education (2000)
NC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (2014)
- 79% observed bullying incidences between 1-3 times per week
- 4 groups for whom students were bullied frequently or constantly:
* students who are overweight
* students who are seen to be poor
* students who are gay or rumored to be
* students who act like the opposite gender
- 44% said they would like additional resources regarding bullying
- 65% said we should be doing more to reduce bullying
- Understanding of groups being bullied
- Teacher interest & Professional Development for teachers
- School Improvement Plan - strategy
- Positive Behavior Intervention & Support
- spreading definition of "bullying" to district & community
1) Describe your setting.
2) Questions to consider:
What resources do you have in your professional setting to combat bullying?
If your setting is implementing programs for anti-bullying, have students' voices been heard?
In your community, is there a discussion about a common definition/meaning of "bullying"?
3) Your Action Plan: How will you take (parts of) today's presentation back to your professional setting?
PAVING THE WAY...
POSITIVE IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT
5-6 minutes with a neighbor...