In Bullying Prevention for Schools, Allan Beane offers a 19-Step initiative for reducing, and hopefully erasing, incidents of bullying throughout a school, or school system. With the recent and unfortunate suicides committed primarily by LGBT youth who struggled with school bullies before taking their lives, it seems especially relevant to present strategies for addressing the issue with your students. Below, you’ll find Step 3 in Allan Beane’s anti-bullying program, a suggested agenda for providing a bully free awareness assembly for students. As defined by the author, bullying is a “form of overt and aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful, and persistent (repeated). Bullied students are teased, harassed, rejected, and assaulted (verbally or physically, or both) by one or more individuals.” To establish whether or not a student is being bullied (you can use the following as answers to the first two bullet points), remember that:
- the treatment must be intentional, hurtful (in a physical or psychological way)
- the incidents recur
- and there must be a power imbalance (such as in physical strength or social standing)
Some examples of bullying behavior are:
- physical (hitting, shoving, kicking, stealing, restraining)
- verbal (name calling, insulting remarks, racist remarks or other harassment, threats, or spreading rumors about another students)
- cyberbullying (sending negative text messages, emails, or voice mail messages; or attacking someone on a social networking website
Bullying behavior can also be indirect, including purposefully destroying reputations or status within a peer group, excluding an individual from a group, and intentional humiliation. For more information, reference Appendix B in Bullying Prevention for Schools, or visit www.bullyfree.com.
Click HERE for an excerpt from Bullying Prevention for Schools!