Bullying & Harassment:
According to the stopbullying.gov website, bullying is behavior that is both aggressive and repetitive or potentially repetitive. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or both. It can also take the form of intentionally leaving a child out of social activities. Bullying can lead to a variety of health and social concerns, including depression, anxiety, loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed, decreases in GPA and attendance.
Middle School Bullying Prevention
Since the effects of middle school bullying may last well after the bullying ends and even into adulthood, prevention is very important. There is a wide variety of prevention techniques and strategies. Parents play an important role in helping their children decide what might work best for them. Here’s how stopbullying.gov recommends parents can help their children prevent bullying.Talk to children about what bullying is, be sure they understand it’s unacceptable, and encourage them to:
- Report the bullying to a teacher, parent, or trusted adult.
- Use safety strategies, such as staying near adults or with groups of students.
- Help others who are being bullied.
- Encourage your children to talk about their day at school. Some children may be embarrassed to admit that they are being bullied.
Following are some questions that you can ask your children to get the conversation going and uncover a potential bullying issue:
- What was one good thing that happened today? Any bad things?
- Who do you sit with at lunch? What do you talk about?
- What are you good at? What do you like best about yourself?
At iMiddle, we take Bullying and Harassement very seriously. If students witness or hear of bullying occurring, or are victims themselves, they are encouraged to fill out the anonymous Bully Report Form on the imiddle.org site under quicklinks, or speak with a trusted adult on campus.
San Diego Unified School District also has a policy in place to make sure schools are a safe place for all students and staff. Click here for more information.