|What Parents Should Know About Bullying|
What Parents Should Know About Bullying
Bullying among children is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending him or herself. Usually bullying is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms such as physical, verbal, emotional and cyber bullying.
Signs that your child might be bullied:
• torn clothes
Signs that your child might be engaging in bullying behavior:
Wakulla County School District’s Anti-Bullying Policy
The Wakulla County School District has an Anti-Bullying Policy (5.321) that prohibits bullying of or by any district student or employee. It is important that parents become familiar with the policy. For a copy of the policy or to ask any questions, please contact your child's school or the Wakulla County School Board at 850 926-0065.
What to do if you suspect your child is being bullied:
Talk with your child. Be supportive and gather information about the bullying.
Report suspected bullying to your child's school. You may make an anonymous report by using the anonymous reporting “Anonymous Reporting Box” located inside each school, or by going to, www.wakullaschooldistrict.org. Bullying complaints can also be made by calling the school district at 850-926-0065. The Wakulla County School Bullying Policy (5.321) is on the school district website at wakullaschooldistrict.org.
What Parents Should Know About Cyber Bullying
Cyber bullying occurs when children or teens use the internet, cell phones or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass other children or teens. This can include sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images; posting sensitive, private information about another person; or pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad. Children and teens can cyber bully each other through e-mails, instant messaging, text messages, web pages, blogs or chat rooms.
Tips to help prevent cyber bullying:
• keep your computer in easily viewable places
Tips for dealing with cyber bullying that your child has experienced:
• strongly encourage your child not to respond to the cyber bullying