We want all schools to be bully-free zones, but that is easier said than done. In Indiana, state law requires school staff to complete training annually about bullying. The purpose is to understand what bullying is, what signs to look for, how to identify bullying, and how to report incidents of bullying. Furthermore, students in Indiana participate in bullying programming annually. Even with all of this prevention, bullying still occurs.
Bullying is repeated actions or behavior that is unwanted by the recipient. Schools are tasked with making sure students understand the difference between being bullied or dealing with an unpleasant interaction. For example, if a child is called a name during a game at recess, but is never called a name again by that student, that is not bullying. If a child is called a name every day at school by the same student, that is bullying, and it needs to be reported.
Hazing Prevention Week (HPW) is part of a national initiative held at numerous universities across the country. The national focus for the past few years has been bystander responsibility and giving students the skills to stand up when they see hazing around them. The Greek Community Affairs Board (GCAB) works with multiple partners to plan various events taking place on the University of Connecticut campus during the week to raise awareness of the issue, educate students, faculty, and staff about hazing alternatives, empower students to stand up against hazing, and show a united University community against hazing.
As summer draws to a close and children start heading back to school, family life can get pretty hectic. It’s important to remember – and share with your children – some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school year.
Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school:
Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus
Teach your children to stand 6 feet (or three giant steps) away from the curb
If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, teach him or her to walk on the side of the road until they are 10 feet ahead of the bus; your child and the bus driver should always be able to see each other
The National Center for Educational Statistics published a chart in 2018 with a breakdown for the percentage of students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, by type of bullying and selected student and school characteristics: Selected years, 2005 through 2017.
In reviewing the material it looks like bullying has decreased by 8% since 2005. In reviewing the chart some observations are:
The reports in the chart are of bullying at school, not off-campus as well.
The reports do not mention cyberbullying which is an increasing form of bullying.
It does include statistics by race where mixed-race and native Indians and Alaskans have a higher percentage of bullying reports.
It covers 6th- 12th grades where 6th and 8th grades report the most bullying.
Here at SaferCampusLife, we know that bullying starts sooner in most cases before 6th grade. We also know prevention and reporting need to be taught earlier in an effective manner. We believe bullying can lead to terrible acts of mass violence in schools as we have seen grow over the past decade.
Our No2Bullying™ course teaches student individual accountability. The course is online and interactive for students only. It covers cyberbullying and cyberstalking as well.
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In 2017, about 20 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being bullied at school during the school year. Of students ages 12–18, about 13 percent reported being the subject of rumors; 13 percent reported being made fun of, called names, or insulted; 5 percent reported being pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; and 5 percent reported being excluded from activities on purpose. Additionally, 4 percent of students reported being threatened with harm, 2 percent reported that others tried to make them do things they did not want to do, and 1 percent reported that their property was destroyed by others on purpose.
NOTE: “At school” includes in the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and going to and from school. Students who reported experiencing more than one type of bullying at school were counted only once in the total for students bullied at school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2019). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018 (NCES 2019-047), Indicator 10.
Do you suspect your child might be the victim of bullies? Maybe you think your child is responsible for bullying?
As a child, I stood out. I was much taller than many of my peers, which left me as an open target for bullies.
Unfortunately, it ran in the family, and my first born was also tall from an early age, susceptible to bullying until high school when everyone started catching up.
As parents, we need to stay on top of this subject so we can help our children learn to do the right thing and how to deal with their emotions. Bullying is prevalent in the U.S., whether as a victim or a perpetrator. Let’s look at what constitutes bullying, who is at risk, the effect it has, and ways to prevent bullying.
The mother of Raniya Wright, the Walterboro, South Carolina, girl who died after a classroom fight, says Raniya’s friends told her that a bully had been baiting the 10-year-old into a fight and caused her to hit her head on a bookshelf before she died.
Speaking to “Good Morning America” on Monday, Ashley Wright said she had complained to Forest Hills Elementary School in the past about the girl involved in the altercation. “I notified the school and I also spoke with her teacher at the time about this same person,” she told the morning show. “She would just always come home saying this one girl picking on her.”
PARKLAND, Fla. — In the span of one week, two teenagers have died by apparent suicide in this Florida community still grieving the loss of 17 teachers and students in a deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.
The mother of a recent graduate told CBS Miami last week that her daughter, Sydney Aiello, had taken her own life. Aiello, 19, was a senior at the school during the massacre. One of her friends, Meadow Pollack, was killed. In the year since the shooting, Aiello had struggled with survivor’s guilt and had recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, her mother said.
During the weekend, word began to spread that another Parkland teenager had also died in what authorities called an “apparent suicide.” The student’s name and age were not released, and authorities said the death was under investigation.
Nine members of a fraternity under suspension at Louisiana State University were arrested Thursday on charges related to hazing pledges who were urinated on, forced to lay on broken glass, and ordered to stand for hours in painful positions, according to authorities.
The nine present and former Louisiana students, all of whom had been members of Delta Kappa Epsilon, were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges ranging from criminal hazing to felony battery, the university said. All turned themselves in to police.
The charges stem from an investigation by LSU police, who received reports about hazing from DKE’s national organization.
One pledge told police he was forced to stay in an ice machine for more than 30 minutes that was half filled with ice and water. He was eventually taken out to lie on a basketball court covered in broken glass, according to an affidavit in support of the arrests.
While on the court, he and another pledge were sprayed with a hose. The pair also had milk cartons thrown at them and were urinated upon, the affidavit said.
National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Traditionally held the first week in October, the event was expanded in 2010 to include activities, education, and awareness building for the entire month. National Bullying Prevention Month is recognized in communities across the United States, with hundreds of schools and organizations signing on as partners. Facebook, CNN and Yahoo! Kids have supported the month through media outreach and dissemination.