A National Initiative for October
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and as part of this, it is imperative that educators know the accurate definition of bullying.
StopBullying.gov defines bullying as repeated, unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. This imbalance of power can be physical, social or emotional. Bullying has many forms, but the overall intent is to deliberately hurt or harm the individual being bullied.
For more about the types of bullying, as well as resources for students and staff, visit PACER.org and StopBullying.gov.
Student Bullying & Violence Prevention Program (SBVPP)
PublicSchoolWORKS’ award-winning SBVPP is the only complete program designed to help school districts focus on a culture of positive behavior and support students experiencing bullying, violence and other school safety issues. The SBVPP features student and staff training, reporting tools, recurring safety tasks and 24/7 access to expert support to fully back schools in situations involving bullying or violence.
Another important feature of the SBVPP is the award-winning Parent InfoCenter. The Parent InfoCenter gives parent and student access to reporting systems and national crisis hotlines, as well as the same bullying training that students and staff receive at school.
Cleveland Independent School District (ISD) began using the SBVPP during the 2012- 2013 school year to manage bullying and violence training for staff, as well as the reporting and tracking of bullying and violence incidents. “With all of the duties our district is tasked with on a daily basis, this system gives us the ability to focus more on education and less on tracking down staff and following paper trails,” said Karin Miller, the assistant superintendent of Special Programs at Cleveland ISD.
An effective anti-bullying and anti-violence program includes effective strategies, along with reporting mechanisms, training and other tools for staff, students and parents. To learn more about how your district can use the SBVPP, email email@example.com.
In The News:
Bullying and Its Prevention
With the recent start of the new school year, as well as it being National Bullying Prevention Month, major media outlets have been covering numerous aspects of bullying, from recent student suicides to prevention tips for teachers.
Two Huffington Post sections, IMPACT and PARENTS, both featured blogs about bullying. The IMPACT blog titled “Bullying: Are We Back to 'Kids Will Be Kids'?” discusses the need to dispel the misconception that bullying is considered a rite of passage and is a part of growing up. The PARENTS blog creates a Dos and Don’ts list for educators, counselors, youth workers and parents to use to stopping bullying.
CNN’s Schools of Thought blog debates the effectiveness of zero tolerance policies and discusses different solutions, such as student-led councils and cyberhavior monitoring. Read the full blog post, “School bullying’s chilling new front,” here.
The solution to bullying or student violence concerns is a combination of student and staff training, positive behavior support, comprehensive reporting and swift action by administration when bullying is reported. To learn more about how your district can use PublicSchoolWORKS software suites and programs for bullying and violence prevention and reporting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.