Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q:  How do I find time to implement a bullying prevention program (or any other safety initiative) in my school/classroom with everything else I have to do? (e.g., curriculum requirements, Power Hour, etc.)

A:  Most often, “extra time” is not required to successfully implement bullying prevention programs or other climate and safety initiatives (e.g., Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, PBIS, etc.).  Whenever possible, the principles and components of programs and initiatives should be integrated into existing school-based norms, practices, and procedures which are all part of the school’s climate and safety plan.

Q:  As a parent/guardian, who should I contact in the school to report that my child is being bullied?

A:  Parents/guardians should begin communication with the school by talking to their child’s teacher.  If the problem continues, immediately report the incident to the Principal or designee.  If there is no response, contact the District’s bullying hotline at (215) 400-SAFE (7233).

Q:  How should teachers deal with bullying in the classroom?

A:  If you see or hear bullying in the classroom (or anywhere in or around school grounds):

  1. Stop the bullying immediately
  2. Listen to and support the student who is being bullied
  3. To the student(s) who bullied, name the behavior and refer to the rules against bullying
  4. Impose immediate and appropriate consequences for the student(s) who bullied
  5. Empower the bystanders with appreciation, correction or with information about how to act in the future
  6. Take necessary steps to make sure the student who was bullied will be protected from future bullying

Q:  What are class meetings?

A:  A “class meeting” is an age-old teaching strategy used to build positive peer relationships through the development of social skills like communication, trust, and respect.  Class meetings are student forums that are facilitated by teachers to help build a sense of community in the classroom while helping students feel connected to their school.

Q:  When is a school responsible for intervening in an incident of cyber-bullying?

A:  Cyber-Bullying is the use of information and communication technologies such as email, websites, text messaging, or on-lines games, in a hostile manner, to deliberately harm and individual or group.  The responsibility of schools is limited to incidents that meet one or more of the following criteria (also known as the “School Nexus”):

  • Occurred on school grounds, during a school sponsored event/activity or using school property
  • Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school
  • Substantially interferes with the education of students, and/or
  • Threatens the school environment

Q:  How should schools, parents, and/or students respond to an incident of cyber-bullying?

A:  If the information was posted or sent from home, or during non-school hours, schools must first show that they have the legal authority to intervene by determining the “School Nexus.” 

If a nexus is established, schools should:

  • Make an assessment to determine the level of threat
  • Gather and preserve the evidence
  • Impose formal disciplinary action with the appropriate reports/documentation
  • Involve parents
  • Contact law enforcement when necessary

Parents/students should:

  • Save the evidence (hard and electronic copies)
  • Send a non-threatening, non-hostile message to the cyber-bully demanding that they stop
  • Avoid the site/group where attacks have taken place
  • Block/filter communication from the perpetrator
  • Report it to (215) 400-SAFE
  • File a complaint with the Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Call the police