Bullying Intervention and Prevention

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Check out this podcast to learn more.

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Check out this article written by the Supervisor of Counseling Services, Pam McClellan on the whole child and bullying prevention.

All students at Oakridge learn the following information: The 3 R’s of Bullying (adapted from Steps to Respect: A Bullying Prevention Program)

Recognize:

Bullying is when someone keeps being mean to someone else on purpose. The person it’s happening to hasn’t been able to make it stop. It is unfair and one-sided.

Refuse:

If you feel safe, 1) Get calm, 2) Stand straight and tall, 3) Look at the person you are speaking to, 4) Say what you mean in a strong, clear, respectful voice. Example: “Stop! That is mean.”

Report:

Reporting isn’t tattling!  Reporting is telling an adult in order to keep people safe. Any time is a good time to report bullying.


More on…BULLYING PREVENTION

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the repeated infliction or attempted infliction of injury, discomfort, or humiliation on a student by one or more students. It is a pattern of intentionally aggressive or hostile behavior that occurs repeatedly over time. Bullying typically includes an imbalance of power. Simply speaking, bullying is behavior that deliberately hurts, frightens, threatens, or excludes someone.

Bullying Can Include:

  • Name calling
  • Teasing, making fun of someone
  • Spreading rumors and gossip
  • Insulting someone
  • Telling or writing lies about someone
  • Expressing sarcasm, subtle negative comments
  • Excluding specific persons
  • Pushing, tripping, hitting
  • Threatening, intimidating or scaring people
  • Belittling people because of their race or culture
  • Making sexual comments or innuendos

What Can You Do?

  • Talk to your child about bullying and harassment.
  • If you think your child is being bullied, ask him/her what has happened.
  • Encourage your child to report bullying at school to teachers, school counselors, or the administrators.
  • Make a follow-up contact with school staff yourself.

To view Arlington County’s Bully Prevention Policies, please visit: http://www.apsva.us/Page/2772
For more information on Bullying Prevention for parents, please visit: http://www.apsva.us/Page/2772
For more information on bullying, please visit: http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing/

Want more information about Cyberbullying? Check out this recently released summary from the Cyberbullying Research Center: Cyberbullying Research Summary