We are so happy to announce that Florence-Carlton K-8 has been able to purchase the award winning Olweus anti-bullying prevention program. The goal of the program is to make the school a positive and safer place for students to learn. Students grades K-8 participate in guided classroom activities to help students learn about bullying behavior and standing up for each other if it occurs. We are committed to help each child feel safe coming to school to ensure their full potential. This program is not just focused on classroom curriculum but as whole school change agent to faciltate a climate of trust. For more information on Olweus, visit their website at http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/olweus_bullying_prevention_program.page or ask your classroom teacher or counselor.Recognizing Bullying
Dan Olweus, creator of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, defines bullying in his book, Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do:
"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."
This definition includes three important components:
1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.
Types of Bullying
Bullying can take on many forms. As part of the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire, students are asked if they have been bullied in any of these nine ways:
1. Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and bad names
2. Bullying through social exclusion or isolation
3. Physical bullying such as hitting, kicking, shoving, and spitting
4. Bullying through lies and false rumors
5. Having money or other things taken or damaged by students who bully
6. Being threatened or being forced to do things by students who bully
7. Racial bullying
8. Sexual bullying 9. Cyber bullying (via cell phone or Internet) Learn more about cyber bullying
Bullying is Not Teasing
It might be hard to tell the difference between playful teasing and bullying. Teasing usually involves two or more friends who act together in a way that seems fun to all the people involved. Often they tease each other equally, but it never involves physical or emotional abuse.
Why Students Bully
Information about bullying suggests that there are three interrelated reasons why students bully.
1. Students who bully have strong needs for power and (negative) dominance.
2. Students who bully find satisfaction in causing injury and suffering to other students.
3. Students who bully are often rewarded in some way for their behavior with material or psychological rewards.