Six concepts to teach and model
Bullying is a form of youth violence that can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, victimized youth have increased risk for depression, anxiety, psychosomatic complaints such as headaches, and poor school adjustment. In addition, youth who bully others have increased risk for substance use, academic problems, and violence later in adolescence and adulthood.
For these reasons, our ultimate goal is to stop bullying before it starts. If adults begin with the six rules below, we can create safe, civil environments in our schools where all kids can learn.
- Our school is a place where every single person is treated with respect, regardless of differences.
- Cruel behavior in any form is never acceptable, even if you don’t like someone, you’re mad at them, or you say you were “only kidding.”
- Humiliating, threatening, shunning, or physically harming another person is absolutely forbidden and is against the law.
- Texting malicious messages about another person or posting them on social networking or other websites are never acceptable.
- It’s your moral and legal obligation to report bullying; your teachers and other school staff will back you up if you do so.
- If you experience harassment, intimidation, or bullying--report it. You will be fully protected and supported by every adult in the school.