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I wanted the foundation (sabafamilyfoundations.com) to focus on this because I was bullied as a child.  I was silent through it all and I brought my child up to be cognizant of others and to never be mean to her peers.

I never ever dreamed that my child would get taunted and bullied.  That changed everything for me.  Now it was different.

When I approached the of the child who bullied my little one, they never wanted to acknowledge it.  When pushed further – the response from the mother was

“Thanks for that fascinating analysis from the ever-absent mother. Great for a laugh.

You can talk until you’re blue in the face, but no-one is listening, so please, knock yourself out!”

That made me realize this was a problem for both the bullied and the bullies.

People don’t know and don’t want to work together.

Thus, I decided we must push harder for dialogue.

Because I strongly feel parents are the root of this issue and we need to be open to helping both sides understand and acknowledge to really make a difference for the future of all our kids.

We are working together with the ministry of health and to make a better place for our children.

Please see also https://sabafamilyfoundations.com/category/anti-bullying/ to learn more.

Thank you for your support.

Warm regards,

Malini Saba, Founder & Chairman

Saba Family Foundations

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We encourage you start in your schools and work places.

 

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3 Areas How Schools Should Handle Bullying

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Assess Bullying

Assessments—such as surveys—can help schools determine the frequency and locations of bullying behavior. They can also gauge the effectiveness of current and efforts. Knowing what’s going on can help staff select appropriate prevention and response strategies.

Assessments involve asking school or community members—including students—about their experiences and thoughts related to bullying. An assessment is planned, purposeful, and uses research tools.

What an Assessment Can Do

Assess to:

  • Know what’s going on. Adults underestimate the rates of bullying because kids rarely report it and it often happens when adults aren’t around. Assessing bullying through anonymous surveys can provide a clear picture of what is going on.
  • Target efforts. Understanding trends and types of bullying in your school can help you plan bullying prevention and intervention efforts.
  • Measure results. The only way to know if your prevention and intervention efforts are working is to measure them over time.

An assessment can explore specific bullying topics, such as:

  • Frequency and types
  • Adult and peer response
  • Locations, including “hot spots”
  • Staff perceptions and attitudes about bullying
  • Aspects of the school or community that may support or help stop it
  • Student perception of safety
  • School climate

Develop and Implement an Assessment

Schools may choose to use school-wide surveys to assess bullying. There are several steps involved:

  • Choose a survey. There are many free, reliable, and validated assessment tools available. Choose a set of measures that covers the questions you want answered, is age appropriate, and can be answered in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Obtain parental consent as your district requires. Some allow passive consent, others require active consent. According to federal guidelines, at a minimum, each year the Local Education Agency (LEA), must notify parents about the survey and when it will be conducted. Parents have the right to opt their child out of the survey. Parents also have the right to inspect and review the surveys before they are given.

Administer the survey. School staff are best equipped to judge how to carry out a survey at school, but these tips can help:

  • Administer surveys early in the school year. Schedules surveys after students are settled in a routine but there is still time to use the findings in the school year’s prevention efforts.
  • Assess at least once every school year. Some schools like to survey students at the start and end of the school year to track progress and plan activities for the following year.
  • Decide which students will be surveyed to ensure statistically significant results. Schools may choose school-wide surveys or surveys of specific grades.
  • Plan to administer the survey when all students can take it at once. This will reduce the chance that they will discuss it and affect each other’s answers.

Analyze and distribute findings.

  • Make sure you continue to protect students’ privacy by ensuring that no personally identifiable information is accessible.
  • Consider how the survey results will be shared with , parents, and students.
  • Make sure that you are prepared to respond to the results of the survey. Have a clear plan for prevention and intervention in place or in development.

Content last reviewed on September 28, 2017

Work the Plan

Engage Parents & Youth

School staff can do a great deal to prevent bullying and protect students, but they can’t do it alone. Parents and youth also have a role to play in preventing bullying at school. One mechanism for engaging parents and youth, a school safety committee, can bring the community together to keep bullying prevention at school active and focused.

Benefits of Parent and Youth Engagement

Research shows that school administrators, such as principals, can play a powerful role in bullying prevention. They can inspire others and maintain a climate of respect and inclusion. But a principal cannot do it alone. When parents and youth are involved in the solutions:

  • Students feel safer and can focus on learning.
  • Parents worry less.
  • Teachers and staff can focus on their work.
  • Schools can develop more responsive solutions because students are more likely to see or hear about bullying than adults.
  • School climate improves because students are engaged in taking action to stop bullying.
  • Parents can support schools’ messages about bullying at home. They are also more likely to recognize signs that a child has been bullied or is bullying others.

How Parents and Youth Can Contribute

Schools can set the stage for meaningful parent and youth involvement, but it doesn’t happen overnight. Parents and youth need to feel valued and be given opportunities to contribute their expertise. To sustain parent and youth involvement, schools need to provide meaningful roles for them. For example:

  • Students can contribute their views and experiences with bullying. They can take leadership roles in school to promote respect and inclusion, communicate about bullying prevention with their peers, and help develop rules and policies.
  • Parents can contribute to a positive school climate through the parent teacher association, volunteering, and school improvement events.
  • School staff can keep parents informed, make them feel welcome, and treat them as partners. Schools can consider identifying a school coordinator to support parent and youth engagement strategies. Schools can set meeting times that are convenient for parents and youth and may consider additional incentives such as providing dinner or child care.

School Safety Committees

A school safety committee—a small group of people focused on school safety concerns—is one strategy to engage parents and youth, as well as others, in bullying prevention. The following people can make positive contributions to a school safety committee:

  • Administrators can answer questions about budget, training, curriculum, and federal and state laws such as Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Inventive, respected teachers with strong classroom and “people” skills can give insights.
  • Other school staff, such as school psychologists, counselors, school nurses, librarians, and bus drivers, bring diverse perspectives on bullying.
  • Parents can share the family viewpoint and keep other parents in the loop on committee work.
  • Students can bring fresh views and help identify real-life challenges to prevention.
  • Other community stakeholders, such as police officers, clergy members, elected officials, and health care providers can provide a broader perspective.

The primary activities of the school safety committee could be to:

  • Plan bullying prevention and intervention programs. Set measurable and achievable goals.
  • Implement a bullying prevention effort. Meet often enough to keep momentum and address barriers.
  • Develop, communicate, and enforce bullying prevention policies and rules.
  • Educate the school community about bullying to ensure everyone understands the problem and their role in stopping it.
  • Conduct school-wide bullying assessments and review other data, such as incident reports.
  • Evaluate bullying prevention efforts and refine the plan if necessary.
  • Advocate for the school’s work in bullying prevention to the entire school community.
  • Sustain the effort over time.

This committee is not a forum for discussing individual student behaviors. Doing so is a violation of student privacy under FERPA. There are also FERPA considerations for assessments, particularly if personally identifiable information is collected.

Content last reviewed on September 28, 2017

Be Serious with Plan

Respond to Bullying

 Stop Bullying on the Spot 

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. There are simple steps adults can take to stop bullying on the spot and keep kids safe.

Do:

  • Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help.
  • Separate the kids involved.
  • Make sure everyone is safe.
  • Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
  • Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders.
  • Model respectful behavior when you intervene.

Avoid these common mistakes:

  • Don’t ignore it. Don’t think kids can work it out without adult help.
  • Don’t immediately try to sort out the facts.
  • Don’t force other kids to say publicly what they saw.
  • Don’t question the children involved in front of other kids.
  • Don’t talk to the kids involved together, only separately.
  • Don’t make the kids involved apologize or patch up relations on the spot.

Get police help or medical attention immediately if:

  • A weapon is involved.
  • There are threats of serious physical injury.
  • There are threats of hate-motivated violence, such as racism or homophobia.
  • There is serious bodily harm.
  • There is sexual abuse.
  • Anyone is accused of an illegal act, such as robbery or extortion—using force to get money, property, or services.

Content last reviewed on September 28, 2017