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The reason we chose to present information on Bullying is our school is introducing a schoolwide prevention program, called Olweus.

Our goal is to change the culture of our school from the bus driver to the cafeteria manager.

What is Bullying?

A student is bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other students. Bullying is characterized by three criteria:

1. It is aggressive behavior or intentional "harm doing;"
2. It is carried out repeatedly and overtime; and
3. It occurs within an interpersonal relationship characterized by an imbalance of power.

Types of Bullying

Direct bullying is a relatively open attack on a victim. It can be physical or verbal in nature:

  • Physical Attacks: hitting, kicking, pushing, choking
  • Verbal Attacks or Harassment: name calling, threatening, taunting, malicious teasing, rumor spreading, slandering
  • Cyber-bullying

Indirect bullying is more subtle and may be more difficult to detect:

  • Social isolation, intentional exclusion, making faces, obscene gestures, manipulating friendship relationships

What is cyberbullying, exactly?

"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor.

How cyberbullying works

There are two kinds of cyberbullying, direct attacks (messages sent to your kids directly) and cyberbullying by proxy (using others to help cyberbully the victim, either with or without the accomplice's knowledge). Because cyberbullying by proxy often gets adults involved in the harassment, it is much more dangerous.

Why do kids cyberbully each other?

Who knows why kids do anything? When it comes to cyberbullying, they are often motivated by anger, revenge or frustration. Sometimes they do it for entertainment or because they are bored and have too much time on their hands and too many tech toys available to them. Many do it for laughs or to get a reaction. Some do it by accident, and either send a message to the wrong recipient or didn't think before they did something. The Power-hungry do it to torment others and for their ego. Revenge of the Nerd may start out defending themselves from traditional bullying only to find that they enjoy being the tough guy or gal. Mean girls do it to help bolster or remind people of their own social standing. And some think they are righting wrong and standing up for others.UofC

Schools can be very effective brokers in working with the parents to stop and remedy cyberbullying situations. They can also educate the students on cyberethics and the law. If schools are creative, they can sometimes avoid the claim that their actions exceeded their legal authority for off-campus cyberbullying actions. We recommend that a provision is added to the school's acceptable use policy reserving the right to discipline the student for actions taken off-campus if they are intended to have an effect on a student or they adversely affect the safety and well-being of student while in school. This makes it a contractual, not a constitutional, issue.