"No Bullying" Policy
Salk Elementary in an effort to reduce the number of disciplinary referrals has adopted a zero-tolerance policy. The students are taught coping skills such as managing their body language and tone of their voice. they discuss the importance of knowing when to get help. Students and their parents sign a "Salk Scorpion Pledge" that lists the rights of students with regards to respect from others, safety from fear of being teased, bullied, or harassed and the right to learn in a environment that is safe and caring.
Through the Pledge the students accept responsibility to refrain from behaviors that are hurtful to others and the unfair judgement of others. As the students sign the pledge they acknowledge that they play an important role in promoting a positive climate at Salk. they assume responsibility to be a vigilant witness supporting consequences others may incur if they must report hurtful behavior observed in others.
In order for our school to succeed in being a no bullying school it is necessary for every person at school to respect them self and others. When as few as one person violates the lack of respect for anyone, our school is not bully free. It is an expectation that all individuals, including parents, who are associated with our school in anyway, will help create a positive environment where all individuals can learn and grow.
Cyberbullying and How to Protect Your Child
Kids no longer need muscles to bully and torment their peers. The Internet now makes it possible for bullies to torment their victims in their homes at any time of the day. Cyberbullies may use chat rooms, email, instant messaging, cell pones and Web sites to embarass, threaten or intimidate a child, Technology allows them to share gossip, spread lies or distribute embarrassing pictures to a wide audience while maintaining some anonymity. What may start as a joke, once the victim can be very serious. The impact on a victim can be devastating and tragic. The bully may be committing a crime, exposing their parents to liability and/or damaging their own prospects for college or a job. Not surprisingly, one in every 11 kids reported being threatenede or harassed while using the Internet.
Tips to protect your child from cyberbullies: Let kids know what online behavior you find unacceptable. Look for signs that your child might be a cyberbulling victim: these could include nightmares, school avoidance or sudden interest in or avoidance of the computer. Block messages from bullies and save evidence that may help identify a bully.
The following tips may also be helpful:
If your child continues to receive harassing emails, have them delete their current account and help them open a new one.
Save the evidence in case you need proof.
If a cyberbully has posted embarrassing photos or personal information about your child on a Web site, contact your Internet Service Provider for assistance, the Web site hosting the page, and if necessary, inform local law enforcement to try to get the Web site removed.
If the bully is a fellow student, notify the school and request assistance from the administration. If there are threats or harassment, notify law enforcement.
Keeping these tips in mind will help to protect your child from cyberbullies and allow them to use the Internet safely.
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