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Steps to Respect - Bullying Prevention

BGS Teams Up with the Center for Prevention of Abuse

By Mr. Henson

April 16, 2007

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is working with Brimfield Grade School to continue the tradition of educating children in a safe environment by helping address bullying.  A Steering Committee was formed and is building a framework necessary to implement the Steps to Respect program and to establish sustainable bullying prevention efforts.  

 

The Role of the steering committee:

o       Create awareness of the need to address bullying

o       Assess current bullying issues in our school

o       Adapt policy and procedures related to bullying to support the language of Steps to Respect

o       Plan implementation of Steps to Respect classroom lessons

o       Provide training for all school staff

o       Communicate with parent and community

o       Support ongoing commitment to bullying prevention

o       Monitor the effectiveness of the program

o       Create a plan for evaluation

 

Your committee members are:

Emily Bennett

Jeannie Blane

Lynn Gilles

Lonye Gilles

Cheryl Grassi

Shelli Hoerr

Dan Keyt

Karla Layne

Dennis Layne

Dennis McNamara

Valerie Ray

Brenda Snyder

Jeanie Varnes

 

Bullying defined:

 

o       Bullying is unfair and one-sided.  It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.

 

Key elements in defining bullying:

 

o       Bullying involves a power imbalance in which the child doing the bullying has more power due to such factors as age, size, support of the peer group, or higher status.                                   

o       Bullying is usually a repeated activity in which a particular child is singles out more than once and often in a chronic manner.              

o       Bullying is carried out with intent to harm the targeted child.             

o       Bullying includes physical aggression, verbal insults, the spreading of malicious rumors or gossip, and threats of exclusion from the peer group.

 

 

 

Understanding Bullying....

 

Steps to Respect:  A Bullying Prevention Program is designed to decrease bullying at school and help students build more supportive relationships with each other.  The program's dual focus on bullying and friendship is based on research showing that friendship protects children from the harmful effects of bullying.   

                              

Students learn a variety of friendship skills, including strategies for making and keeping friends, and steps for joining a group activity.  Steps to Respect also teaches children skills for coping with bullying, including recognizing bullying, using assertive behaviors to refuse bullying, and reporting bullying to adults.

 

Because children become involved as bystanders to bullying (in both helpful and harmful ways), Steps to Respect emphasizes that all members of a school community must take responsibility for decreasing bullying.

 

 

What does Bullying look like?

 

Bullying can be expressed directly or indirectly.  It may have sexual content, especially in the later elementary and middle school years.  Although it is common for children to experience more than one type of bullying, children need different skills to recognize and cope with the different forms.  Steps to Respect teaches children to recognize direct ("face to face") and indirect ("behind the back") bullying and provides ways to cope with each type.

 

 

How Serious is the Problem?

 

10-20% of children are chronic targets of bullying.                              

Almost all children have experienced occasional bullying or seen others being bullied.    

 

                                 

Solutions to the Problem!

 

Gather information about bullying at school directly from students.

 

If you haven't completed the Steps to Respect Parent Snapshot Survey, please take the time to offer us your input.  The survey can be accessed on the right side of the screen on the front page of our website if you didn't access the survey as a 'pop-up' when you logged on to our site.  Your responses will be anonymous.

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