USD 108 is committed to teaming with students, parents and community members to reduce bullying. Last spring, Washington County Schools purchased extra pages to be included in the middle and high school planners about the topic of bullying. These pages, B1-B8 for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, and B1 –B16 for junior and senior high school students, are a comprehensive discussion about bullying. The pages define and explain bullying; discuss different types of bullying; and provides ideas for students to use to stop bullying. Students can use these pages to discuss the topic. Parents can use the pages to start conversations with their students. Individual students who think they are being bullied, but do not want to discuss the situation with others, can use these pages for ideas and advice.
Planners are purchased by the school and our supporters, not only to help the students organize, but to provide useful, beneficial information to the students. The section on bullying was specifically placed at the front of the planner to assist our students and their parents with any bullying problems. USD 108 truly hopes this information is helpful.
Definitions of bullying
Bullying is when a person or a group repeatedly and intentionally uses or abuse their power to intimidate, hurt, oppress or damage someone else. It can be covert or cyber-based (happening online through social networks or even through mobile phones). Bullying can be physical or emotional. According to the National Centre Against Bullying, there are five different kinds of bullying behavior. They are:
- Physical bullying: when physical actions such as hitting, poking, tripping or pushing, are used to hurt and intimidate. Repeatedly and intentionally damaging someone's belongings is also physical bullying.
- Verbal bullying: involves the use of negative words, like name calling, insults, homophobic or racist slurs, or words used to intentionally upset someone.
- Social bullying: when lies, the spreading of rumors or nasty pranks are used. This includes repeated mimicking and deliberate exclusion.
- Psychological bullying: involves the repeated and intentional use of words or actions which can cause psychological harm. Examples include intimidation, manipulation and stalking.
- Cyber bullying: this is the big one at the moment and is when technology is used to verbally, socially or psychologically bully. It can occur in chat rooms, on social networking sites, through emails or on mobile phones.
- mutual arguments and disagreements
- single episodes of social rejection or dislike
- single-episode acts of nastiness or spite
- random acts of aggression or intimidation.