WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT BULLYING?
There are many effective strategies for both teachers and parents who wish to stop bullying. An important starting point is to realize that much bullying occurs without the knowledge of teachers and parents, and that many victims are very reluctant to tell adults of their problems with bullying. Therefore, parents should observe children for signs that might suggest bullying.
Signs may include: ripped clothing, hesitation about going to school, decreased appetite, nightmares, crying, or general depression and anxiety.If you discover your child is being bullied, don’t say “let it go” or “suck it up”. Instead, have open-ended conversations where you can learn what is really going on at school so that you can take the appropriate steps to rectify the situation. Most importantly, let your child know you will help him/her.
Teach your child how to handle being bullied. Until something can be done on an administrative level, work with your child to handle bullying without being crushed or defeated. Practice scenarios at home where your child learns how to ignore a bully and/or develop assertive strategies for coping with bullying. Also, help your child identify teachers and friends that can help them if they’re worried about being bullied.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO IF A CHILD IS BEING BULLIED?
Parents who suspect a child is being bullied at school are strongly encouraged to contact the school as soon as possible. If the bullying occurs at school, then the main responsibility for addressing the issue lies with the school officials.If your child has been the victim of bullying at school, here are some suggestions for reporting the problem to school authorities:
•After talking to your child, but before contacting school personnel, write down the details of the bullying situations reported to you by your child. Note the dates and the names of the kids involved.
•Your child may resist your involvement if he/she fears retaliation by the bully. If so, explain to your child that most bullying situations require adult intervention to resolve the problem.
•Contact school personnel for assistance in ending the bullying. First share the problem with your child's teacher(s), and work together to decide how to approach the problem. If the teacher isn't able to get the bullying under control, go to the principal and make a formal request in writing that he/she help stop the bullying actions.
•Do not contact the bully or the bully's family directly.
•Keep an ongoing log of the dates of any further bullying incidents and the actions you take to help your child deal with the bullying. Inform the school of ongoing bullying incidents.WHITNEY ISD'S PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING ALLEGATIONS OF BULLYING
The district prohibits bullying on school property, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, or in any vehicle operated by the district. Bullying may be verbal or written expression or expression through electronic means, or physical conduct. Bullying is not tolerated by the district and any student or parent of a student who believes that the student or another student has experienced bullying or that a student has engaged in bullying is encouraged to immediately report the incident. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of district policy and is prohibited.
Students or parents may report an alleged incident of bullying, orally or in writing, to a teacher, counselor, principal or other district employee. Students or parents may contact the district to obtain an incident report form that may be used to submit the complaint.
Please note that after submission of the complaint to the district employee, the district may assign the complaint to a campus administrator to follow up on the submitted complaint and any other important matters pertaining to the complaint. We encourage you to communicate with your designated campus administrator during this time.