Banning Unified School District - Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention


Bullying Prevention Meetings
BE UPstanding! 
 
According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, one in every five students report being bullied. There is a staggering 64% of students that are bullied and do not report it. Social media provides a different avenue for bullying, increasing the amount of student being bullied. 
 
At BUSD, we do more than Bullying Prevention Awareness; our proactive/preventative approach equips our students with tools and resources to assist in their understanding of their social environment, encourages empathy, and opportunities for Acts of Kindness. We are creating safer schools.
 
We launched our "Be UPstanding!" bullying prevention program in the 2016-17 school year with Keith Deltano bullying prevention assemblies District wide, followed by weekly bullying prevention classroom lesson.
 
Phase two of our bullying prevention program will encompass:
  • Implementation of the Safe School Ambassadors Program (year 2), at Nicolet Middle School and Banning High School
  • A District wide Bullying Prevention Assemblies by Three-Screens, with a focus on empowerment and kindness:  (a) Action Hero - Elementary Schools, and, (b) Epic Ability - Middle and High School
  • Kickoff: Weekly classroom lessons (Monday's) from September through the month of October (Bullying Prevention Month)
  • Bullying Prevention Awareness - BLUE SHIRT MONDAY's, Students, staff and school site volunteers are encouraged to wear a blue shirt every Monday. 
  • Monthly Random Acts Kindness Projects
  • PARENT INVOLVEMENT: Monthly Parent Meetings; (a) one scheduled in the morning, and, (2) one scheduled in the evening (refer to calendar on the left for dates and times)
  • Monthly News Letters and Website Posts

Bullying Defined

Bullying is an intentional behavior that hurts, harms, or humiliates a student, either physically or emotionally, and can happen while at school, in the community, or online. Those bullying often have more social or physical “power,” while those targeted have difficulty stopping the behavior. The behavior is typically repeated, though it can be a one-time incident.

Students often describe bullying as when “someone makes you feel less about who you are as a person.

 
When your child is the target of bullying, a parent’s first response is often an emotional one, followed by a sense of wanting to know the most effective, action-oriented response. Building positive relationships between the school, parents, and students will ensure that a plan and timeline of action can be quickly set in place to prevent further bullying.

Bullying is different from conflict.

  • Conflict is a disagreement or argument in which both sides express their views.
  • Bullying is negative behavior directed by someone exerting power and control over another person.

Bullying is done with a goal to hurt, harm, or humiliate. With bullying, there is often a power imbalance between those involved, with power defined as elevated social status, being physically larger, or as part of a group against an individual. Students who bully perceive their target as vulnerable in some way and often find satisfaction in harming them.

In normal conflict, children self-monitor their behavior. They read cues to know if lines are crossed, and then modify their behavior in response. Children guided by empathy usually realize they have hurt someone and will want to stop their negative behavior. On the other hand, children intending to cause harm and whose behavior goes beyond normal conflict will continue their behavior even when they know it's hurting someone.

How does peer pressure impact bullying behavior?

Peer pressure occurs when a peer group or individual encourages others to change their attitudes, values, or behaviors to conform to those of the influencing group or individual.

Peer pressure can impact bullying behavior both in positive and negative ways. For example, the influence can have negative effects if a peer group’s bullying behavior encourages others to laugh at someone. It can also be negative when the group views other individuals as not worthy to be part of their group. The impact of negative peer pressure can create environments in which individuals are intimidated to speak out on behalf of someone being hurt or harmed.

Peer pressure can also be positive and healthy. For example, when the peer group encourages kind and inclusive behavior, such as inviting others to join them at the lunch table or letting someone know that they care what is happening to them. The action of peers encouraging each other to reach out to those who are struggling can have a positive impact on the group and other individuals who want to speak out against bullying.

 
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center uses the term “bullying prevention” instead of “anti-bullying” to place the emphasis on a proactive approach and philosophy, framing bullying as an issue to which there is a solution. While the use of “anti” does appropriately indicate the concept of being against bullying, the focus on “prevention” recognizes that change is ultimately about shifting behavior and attitudes, which can happen through the positive approach of education, awareness, and action.
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Students:  What if you told an adult and it wasn't helpful?
 
Have you told someone about being bullied and nothing has changed? Don’t give up! Did you know that you have the legal right to be safe at school? If the bullying continues even after you told an adult, know that there are laws designed to protect you (find your state law or policy at StopBullying.gov). It is very important for students to reach out to another trusted adult and ask for help again. This adult can be a parent, a teacher, a coach, or anyone from the community. Let them know that you need their help and that you wouldn’t be coming to them if you could fix the situation on your own

What is the difference between bullying and harassment?

Bullying and harassment are often used interchangeably when talking about hurtful or harmful behavior. They are very similar, but in terms of definition, there is an important difference.

Bullying and harassment are similar as they are both about:

  • power and control
  • actions that hurt or harm another person physically or emotionally
  • an imbalance of power between the target and the individual demonstrating the negative behavior
  • the target having difficulty stopping the action directed at them

The distinction between bullying and harassment is that when the bullying behavior directed at the target is also based on a protected class, that behavior is then defined as harassment. Protected classes include race, color, religion, sex, age, disability and national origin.

 
Friends will sometimes have bad days. Friends will sometimes disagree. Friends will sometimes hurt each other's feelings, have an argument, or simply need time away from one another. This is normal and can happen in any friendship, no matter how close. If you are experiencing treatment from a friend that hurts you and you have asked that friend to stop, but it still continues, then that is not friendship. That behavior could be bullying. Friendship behaviors do not include hurting someone on purpose or continually being mean even when asked to stop. A friend will change or be remorseful for her behavior if she finds out she's hurting you. If you aren't certain if what is happening is part of a normal friendship or if it is bullying, talk to an adult you trust and get help sorting out the relationship. And yes, it is okay (and the right thing to do) to ask for help.
 
For years, bullying had been referred to as a “normal part of childhood,” as it was such a common experience. So often, the reaction was that some kids simply had to endure bullying as a part of childhood, and the frequent response was that they should just ignore it. But there is nothing natural about the experience of being bullied. Bullying has serious consequences for a student’s sense of safety and well-being. Areas of concern for the child include education, health, and safety. Intentional, repeated, physical, or emotional aggression toward others should never be tolerated as a normal part of childhood.
 
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Safety is one of our district’s top priorities and to help safeguard our school community, our district is now using Keenan SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting system that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration four different ways.

Phone:  909-962-7426
Text your tip:  909-962-7426
Email:  SafeSchool Administrator (Click here)
Website: Keenan SafeSchool Alert (Click here)
 
 You and your child can easily report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism, intimidation or any other safety issues you're concerned about through Keenan SafeSchools Alert.

Every tip Keenan SafeSchools Alert receives about our district is immediately logged in the system and our administration is notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. To protect your identity, you may choose to submit your tip anonymously.

Together, using Keenan SafeSchools Alert, we can make our district a safer place for students to learn! Thanks in advance for your support.