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October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Check out these bullying prevention websites:
Turning Bystanders Into Upstanders
Bystanders often play a significant role in bullying situations. If your child sees bullying happen, what options do they have? Here are some suggestions that you can discuss with your child: 

Bullying Defined:

Plum Borough School District Policy 249 reads, “Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or series of acts directed at another students or students, which occurs in a school setting and/or outside a school setting that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has an effect of doing any of the following:

           1.        Substantial interference with a student’s education.

           2.       Creation of a threatening environment.

           3.       Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school. 

Please refer to district policy 249 for a further definition of bullying. 

 What to Do When You See Bullying:

Though the aim is to rid our school of bullying altogether, at times, it occurs.   Should a student witness bullying, he/she should immediately report it to a teacher, administrator or any adult in the building. The district employee will ensure that the matter is addressed and/or the high school principals are made aware of the situation.

Tips and Resources for Parents:


·     Bullying Info and Facts” – Includes defining characteristics, differences between bullying and harassment, information on bullying laws, and the short- and long-term effects bullying has on a child’s education, health, and safety. 

·       “Cyberbullying: What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Children” – A complete resource for parents about what Cyberbullying is and how to speak to their children about it. 

·       “Help Your Child Recognize the Signs of Bullying” – A guide to engaging children in conversations about how to recognize bullying. 

·       “Warning Signs of Bullying” – Includes lists of traits exhibited by students who are the victims of bullying, but also students who may be the aggressors. 

·       “What If Your Child Is the Bully?” – A resource for parents to determine if their child is the bully and ways to discourage such behavior.

·       “What Can Parents Do to Prevent and Address Cyber-bullying?”

·       “Tips for Parents:  What to Do If Your Child Witnesses Bullying”


      Tips and Resources for Students:

·       “Bullying Prevention Tips for Kids and Teens”

·       “Drama: Is It Happening to You?” - Advice for teens who are experiencing bullying. 

·       “Heads Up: Stop, Think, Connect” – A resource for students about cyber-safety, cyber-responsibility, and cyber-bullying. 

·      Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying – A website made for teens by teens to help students find ways to address bullying, take action, be heard, and join an important social cause. 


Tips for Talking to your Child about Bullying

Tips for Talking to your Child about Bullying