School-wide Bullying Protocol

Fairview Elementary School, Bullying Protocol

Definition of Bullying

Bullying happens when someone with more power hurts or scares another person with less power, on purpose, repeatedly. It involves an imbalance of power, which can be physical or social, between the bully and the target.

Examples: Punching, shoving, and other acts that hurt people physically; Spreading bad rumors about people; Keeping certain people out of a "group"; Teasing people in a mean way; Getting certain people to "gang up" on others.

Bullying also can happen online or electronically. Cyberbullying is when children bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology. This can include: Sending mean text, email, or instant messages; Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs or on Web sites; Using someone else's user name to spread rumors or lies about someone

Prevention

· A schoolwide foundation: a value system based on caring, respect, and personal responsibility; clear behavioral expectations and consequences; skills development; and increased adult supervision and parental involvement.

· School staff will encourage students to: be kind to others, report bullying if they see it, and help the victim.

· Bullying protocol will be available to families on the school website.

Extra Support

· Counselors will provide counseling to bullies and victims, providing social skills as needed. Counselors can assist teachers with behavior plans as needed. The counselors do multiple lessons on anger management, bullying prevention, and empathy training in grades K-5.