Bullying and Conflict
This week’s blog is borrowed from our Child and Youth Counselor
Child & Youth Counselor Corner!
As we all continue to build our school community, we strive to be the best we can be by always putting forth our best effort. I can honestly say I am very proud of all of your children and the staff here at John Galt. What a great start to the year!
The week of November 21st – 25th is Bully Awareness Week! Please help us by talking to your children about Bullying, what it is and who they can talk to about it. If we don’t know then we can’t help!
www.bullying.org defines bullying as…..
Bullying is a conscious, willful, deliberate, hostile and repeated behaviour by one or more people, which is intended to harm others. Bullying takes many forms, and can include different behaviours, such as:
- physical violence and attacks
- verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs
- threats and intimidation
- extortion or stealing of money and possessions
- exclusion from the peer group
- electronic or cyber bullying
Bullying is the assertion of power through aggression. Its forms change with age: school playground bullying, sexual harassment, gang attacks, date violence, assault, marital violence, child abuse, workplace harassment and elder abuse (Pepler and Craig, 1997)
Conflict and Bullying is not the same thing. Conflict exists when there is a disagreement between people (he took my ball, they called me a name, etc.) We continue to teach students effective ways to deal with conflict and encourage them to make choices that work best for them. Example, take turns, walk away, talk about it, tell them to stop, make a deal, ignore and ask an adult for help.
The following list must be present for Bullying. There is an imbalance of power ie numbers of people involved, age gap
The intent behind the action is to be hurtful The action is repeated
Our message at John Galt Public School will consistently be, Be Kind, “Don’t standby…Standup.” Tell someone you trust.
An excellent resource for parents and students can be found at www.cyberbullying.org as well as www.bullying.org.
Feel free to contact me at the school if you have any questions or concerns. 519-824-4760 ext 227.
Kim Booth, Child & Youth Counsellor
Our focus at school is on solving problems. When a conflict arises, students are encouraged to problem solve and talk things out.
Currently, Kim Booth is doing introductory lessons to our primary and junior classes for Tools for Life. Ask your child about the “tools” we use when we are angry or in a conflict.
The following are some other resources available through our website.
Bullying Prevention Plan https://www.ugdsb.ca/johngalt/about-us/bullying-prevention-plan/
The following page has resources and definitions of Bullying:
Code of Conduct https://www.ugdsb.ca/johngalt/about-us/john-galt-ps-code-of-conduct/
The board has a Report Bullying tool. An email comes to me, the Principal.
You are always welcome to call and leave a message as well my extension is 223 and Mrs. Mortimer’s is 224.