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Working Together to End Bullying

Students who attend Monticello Schools hear a lot about bullying and what they can do to stop it. That’s because our schools tackle the issue head-on by discussing it at special assemblies and taking decisive steps to stop bullying when it occurs.

What is bullying?

• Bullying is an intentional act. The child who bullies wants to harm the victim; it is no accident.

• Bullying involves repeated occurrences. Bullying is not generally considered a random act nor a single incident. Rather, a child is repeatedly picked on by
another child or is the target of harassment from a whole group of children. It is the repeated nature of bullying that causes anxiety and apprehension in victims, such that the anticipation of bullying becomes as problematic as the bullying itself.

• Bullying is characterized by a power difference; an unfair fight where the child who bullies has some advantage or power over the child who is victimized. Bullying is not the same as “playing around,” it is about the abuse of power.

Source: An Age-old Problem that Needs New Solutions, Shelly Hymel and Sue Swearer

The following websites can provide more information and Resources about bullying: - Statistics show bullying is a nationwide problem. The purpose of this website is to help educate the public on bullying issues; and to help teens, families, schools, and communities get the education and help they need to prevent bullying. - Provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can recognize and stop bullying. - Practical tips on the subject of bullying ranging. Topics include How can a parent help their child deal with teasing or bullying, Getting involved in your child's school, and Teaching kids not to bully. - Web site offers information for parents and teachers on many topics, including bullying. This link provides a summary of parenting tips covered in the book: Parents Do Make A Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts. - Provides a large selection of articles and additional links on school bullying, cyberbullying, and parenting in the digital world.