We all have a Hand in Preventing Bullying
“This research-based program is designed to reduce bullying in schools. It also helps to make school a safer, more positive place where students can learn. Although the program takes place at school, we need your help too. You can talk about bullying and our school’s anti-bullying rules at home with your child. We want to work with you to prevent and stop bullying from happening in our school.”
What is bullying?
“Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying can take many forms such as hitting, verbal harassment, spreading false rumors, not letting someone be a part of the group, and sending nasty messages on a cell phone or over the internet.”
What have we done so far?
Here is what we have done at
What’s happening in the classroom?
In order to set standards for students in all grades our teachers are taking the following steps.
· The four anti-bullying rules are taught in all classrooms; they will continue to be referenced by all adults at
· Class meetings occur where students talk about what bullying is. Students learn why bullying should not be happening. They also learn to ask an adult for help if they see or experience bullying.
· Teachers use positive and negative consequences for following and not following the four anti-bullying rules.
What can parents do at home?
Parents can first recognize that bullying does exist and that it affects everyone. Included in this list are the child being bullied, the bully, and bystanders who witness the bullying but may not yet see that they have a role in stopping the bullying. Here are some good discussion starters which you can use with your child.
They key to the success of this program is:
· setting clear rules and expectations
· developing a common understanding of the language and approach of the program
· understanding the roles of bystanders, the vast majority of students
· setting clear consequences for not following the four rules
· teaching students to communicate with adults and peers
We expect to continue to bring positive changes to each child’s school experience by developing a safer, more positive place where students can learn. As we enter year four in our efforts towards preventing bullying, we celebrate positive efforts and highlight the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.