What is Bullying?
Bullying is an aggressive behavior meant to intentionally hurt another individual, physically or emotionally. Generally it occurs repeatedly over time. Bullying may include name calling, physical or verbal intimidation, exclusion, or coercion. It may occur in any setting and often involves an imbalance of power. The targets of bullying may feel afraid, threatened, humiliated, embarrassed, shamed, or angry.
Forest Area Community Schools is currently implementing a K-12 Bully Prevention Program called Olweus. It is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. The primary goal is to reduce and prevent bullying problems among schoolchildren and to improve peer relations at schools.
The main component in the program is a class meeting. These meetings are held once a week and the main purpose is to:
- build a sense of class cohesion and community
- teach the rules and consequences of bullying
- help students understand their role in bullying situations and how they can help students who are being bullied
- address issues about bullying as they arise
- address a variety of other issues more or less related to bullying
We are very excited to bring this program to our district and create a more comfortable, effective learning environment for our students. For more information please call the school office or visit http://www.violencepreventionworks.org
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