A caring community program is implemented throughout the school year with all students and staff. If you would like specific information regarding this program, please contact student services. We have provided some information you may find helpful below.
Six Steps A Parent Can Take To Stop Facebook Bullying Behavior
1. There is absolutely no reason for an elementary school child to be alone on Facebook or to have his or her own private account.
2. If your middle school or high school student has a Facebook account, you, the parent, should have an account too. Tell your child that they have to "friend you," in order for them to have their own Facebook account.
3. All parents need to insist that they have access to their child's Facebook account. This means that you have to have the password to your child's account.
4. Let your child know that you will be checking on their site periodically. While checking, click on "Groups" and other areas of your child's site that includes pictures, comments and conversation.
5. As the parent, you are responsible for your child. This includes their behavior on Facebook. If you see inappropriate behavior coming to your child from others: 1) remain calm, 2) talk to your child about it, 3) contact the other child's parent- if you know them, 4) contact the school administration if the content (threats, harassment) includes statements/actions that have or will occur at school.
6. Limit your child's time on Facebook and other social media outlets. Too many children become addicted to these sites and spend less time on more productive areas of their life.
How Parents Can Help
The parents’ primary responsibility is to model a healthy relationship and problem-solving skills for their children. If a child is displaying bullying behavior or being victimized there are things parents can do to change the child’s unhealthy patterns and to encourage healthier and more successful choices.
1. Model appropriate behaviors
2. Appreciate and reward caring behaviors
3. Use nonphysical methods of discipline
4. Teach about bullying and the importance of taking a stand against it
5. Be involved in your children’s lives
6. Monitor your child’s involvement with violence in the media
Warning Signs of a child demonstrating bullying behaviors
• Often irritable and angry with others
• Believes it is OK to be mean to others if it means getting what he or she wants
• Blames others and takes no responsibility for the problem, i.e., “he made me do it”
• Shows little or no empathy for other people’s problems or hardships; has difficulty showing remorse
• Demonstrates faulty thinking; i.e., “I am entitled to get my way no matter what”
What You Can Do
1. Take the problem seriously.
2. Listen carefully and check out the facts.
3. Resist the tendency to blame yourself.
4. Consequent your child appropriately for bullying behaviors.
5. Explore the reasons for your child’s negative behaviors.
6. Teach and model appropriate, nonviolent problem-solving strategies and solutions.
7. Teach and model empathy.
8. Work to build a positive relationship with your child.
9. Reward your child for positive, caring actions and for peaceful problem solving.
If Your Child is a Victim-Warning Signs
• Unexplained marks or bruises
• Damaged or missing belongings
• Health complaints such as stomachaches, headaches
• Avoidance of school
• Drop in attendance or grades
• Change in eating or sleeping patterns
• Social isolation/withdrawal
• Increased anxiety and worry
If your child is a Victim-What You Can Do
1. Listen carefully to your child’s reports of being bullied.
2. Do not blame the victim.
3. Get the necessary information-who, what, when, where, and how often.
4. Educate your child about bullying.
5. Brainstorm and practice strategies with your child to avoid victimization.
6. Boost your child’s self-esteem by praising him or her for confronting the problem.
7. Encourage your child to make friends in school and get involved in school activities.
8. Determine the seriousness of the situation and contact staff.