Rachel Holzman, Esq.440 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about bullying prevention and intervention.
Q: How do I find time to implement the Olweus 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, PBS/SWEBS, 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 plan for “Single School Culture.”
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 Manager of Non-Instructional School Services. If there is no response, contact the regional office and as a last resort, 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):
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. For class meeting activities, download the list bullying prevention resources.
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”):
Q: How should schools, parents, and/or students respond to an incident of cyber-bullying on MySpace?
A: If the information on MySpace was posted at 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:
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