Bullying Prevention and Intervention Program
Nottingham has a comprehensive, school-wide bullying prevention and intervention program. It is a literature based program for students in grades K-5. The program is based on the Steps to Respect materials designed for grades 3-5. It was adapted by Nottingham to include the entire school. All bullying is taken seriously. We ask anyone (students or parents) who are aware of a bullying situation to report it to the classroom teacher, a counselor, or an administrator.
In 2012-13 formal Bullying Report Forms were implemented to increase accountability. During October, Bullying Prevention Month, Nottingham participated in Unity Day on October 10 and Character Counts Week October 21-25. In November we focused on Digital Citizenship, including learning about cyberbullying.
Everyone at Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose. Examples of bullying can include: Name-calling Insults and put-downs Mean gossip and rumors Social exclusion Ganging up on someone Physically hurting or threatening to hurt someone Staff at Students at Nottingham will remember (STEPS): Safety first Treat everyone with respect Everyone is included Protect other’s feelings Stand up to bullying Families in the Administrators at
Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.
Examples of bullying can include:
Insults and put-downs
Mean gossip and rumors
Ganging up on someone
Physically hurting or threatening to hurt someone
Students at Nottingham will remember (STEPS):
Treat everyone with respect
Everyone is included
Protect other’s feelings
Stand up to bullying
Families in the
Bullying Prevention in the Schools
One of the positive outgrowths of recent school violence is a greater recognition of the problem of bullying in schools. As a result, many schools have begun to draft anti-bullying policies. The question on many educators' minds is exactly what steps to take to begin to address the problem.
Educational consultant and best-selling author Barbara Coloroso spends most of her time on the road addressing parents' and educators' concerns about discipline and the school environment. Her newest book, The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, was published by HarperCollins in 2003.
When asked for advice on how to deal with bullying, Coloroso often quotes an anonymous Holocaust survivor who said, "Pay attention, get involved, and never, ever look away." The lessons we must take from school tragedies over the past several years are the same. Pay attention—bullying occurs in all schools. Get involved—with the bully, the bullied, and the bystander; each has a role. And never look away—grown-ups tend to dismiss bullying, which according to Coloroso is a grave mistake.
To build a positive school climate, Coloroso recommends schools take the following seven steps.
Intervene with Discipline
Create Opportunities for Students to "Do Good"
Teach Friendship Skills
Monitor Children's Exposure to Media
Engage Children in Constructive Activities
Teach Ways to "Will Good"
These seven steps help schools build a framework to provide alternatives and support to the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. Bullying prevention programs can be very useful as well, but Coloroso cautions against programs that focus on conflict resolution. "Bullying should not be dealt with as a conflict," Coloroso maintains. "It's not [conflict], it's a person having contempt, a basic disregard for the other person as a human being."
Empathy and Perspective-Taking
Empathy and perspective taking help children do what Coloroso refers to as "meeting another human being as a human," a skill that prevention programs can help foster. Taking the time to research programs and their various components is important. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all quick fix.
Coloroso favors programs that, like Committee for Children's STEPS TO RESPECT: A Bullying Prevention Program, work on four levels: the individual, relationships, schoolwide implementation, and integration into the curriculum.
School as a Safe Harbor
Today more than ever, educators, parents, and community members alike recognize the necessity of making school a safe harbor. Coloroso maintains that by teaching children the skills they need to navigate social interactions successfully, educators can help bring children up to "do good" and to make positive contributions to the school culture. "[It's] good if they get this from elsewhere," Coloroso says, "but it must happen in school."