DEI: Bullying & Harassment

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Parent Engagement in the Prevention of Bullying & Harassment

As parents and members of the school community we have an important role to play in helping prevent and bullying and harassment. 

 

"Help your child understand bullying. Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Ask questions about bullying they may have witnessed, experienced, or heard about. Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with your child often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns. Prepare them for what to do if bullying happens to them. Know who to contact at school when bullying happens." 

Source: stopbullying.gov/prevention/middle-school

How parents can help prevent cyberbullying & harassment:

 

Cyberbullying & harassment can happen on social media platforms, in chat rooms, during online gaming, and through text messaging. Parents have a responsibility to learn the warning signs of cyberbullying and monitor all devices in our homes. 

 

There are things parents should do to prevent cyberbullying and protect children from engaging harmful digital interactions and behaviors. 

1. Set up parental controls on your child's devices, monitor their social media sites and browser history.  

2. Establishing rules about time limits, appropriate online behavior, content engagement and access to games and apps. 

"Parents create trust with children by initiating open, honest discussions. These dialogues are an opportunity to communicate values and expectations about your family’s appropriate digital behavior, including viewing or sharing content, and apps they can and cannot use."  Source: stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/establishing-rules

3. Talking to our children regularly about being bystanders to cyberbullying and what to do and not to do when they witness cyberbullying.

"Having conversations with children about cyberbullying and digital behavior is not a one-time event – it is an ongoing dialogue. Begin talking about these issues before children delve into the world of texting, social media, online gaming, and chat rooms. Help them reflect on real and potential cyberbullying situations, and provide ongoing opportunities to practice ways to respond. Doing so can support the transition from being passive bystanders to being allies who serve as powerful role models for others."  Source: stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/establishing-rules

Setting Limits on Screen Time

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