Bullying is an epidemic that robs students of an education; it is dangerous and can be life threatening. Preventing and stopping bullying involves a commitment to creating a safe environment where children can thrive, socially and academically, without being afraid.
Dan Olweus, PhD, of Norway, is recognized as a pioneer and “founding father” of research on bullying and victimization and defines school bullying in a general way as “repeated negative, ill-intentioned behavior by one or more students directed against a student who has difficulty defending himself or herself. Most bullying occurs without any apparent provocation on the part of the student who is exposed.” Several schools across the state are currently using the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program. Find out if your child’s school is one of them.
You can “Stand Up Against Bullying” by taking steps to minimize it:
*Be knowledgeable and observant
*Set positive expectations about behavior for students and adults
*Observe your child for signs they might be being bullied
*Teach your child how to handle being bullied
*Set boundaries with technology
*Make your home “bully free”
*Look for self-esteem issues
South Carolina’s anti-bullying laws and policies: http://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/south-carolina.html
Interactive website and games on bullying education: http://goventure.net/bullying
Additional resources on bullying prevention: