Bullying Prevention and Education

Join the Movement Against Bullying

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Prevent Child Abuse Indiana’s Bullying Prevention Education Campaign?

 

Who are the collaborating partners and why?

 

What are the components of the bullying prevention education campaign?

 

What are the upcoming events and outreach efforts?

Bullying Prevention Awareness Dates

Come Join the Movement

Taste of Indy

Soldiers & Sailors Monument/Monument Circle

Date: June 30, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

 

Penn FC vs. Indy Eleven

Lucas Oil Stadium

Date: June 30, 2018

 

Atlanta Dream vs. Indiana Fever

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Date: July 1, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM

 

Party on the Plaza

Indianapolis City Market

Date: July 4, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM

 

Ottawa Fury FC vs. Indy Eleven

Lucas Oil Stadium

Date: July 4, 2018

 

Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field located in White River State Park

Date: July 4-5, 2018

 

Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast

Indiana World War Memorial

Date: July 4, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM

 

Independence Day Social

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Date: July 4, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM

 

81st Annual St. Christopher Mid-Summer Festival

St. Christopher Catholic Church

Date: July 19-21, 2018

 

Music Heritage Festival I

American Legion Mall

Date: July 20, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM

 

Gen Con – The Best Four Days in Gaming

Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium

Date: August 2-5, 2018

 

DC Comics Super Hero Night – Pawtucket Red Sox vs. Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field located in White River State Park

Date: August 10-12, 2018

 

SoundSport International Music and Food Festival

Georgia Street

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

 

North Carolina FC vs. Indy Eleven

Lucas Oil Stadium

Date: August 15, 2018

 

Colts Pre-Season Game

August 20, 2018

 

Meet A Hero

Indianapolis Zoo located in White River State Park

Date: September 29, 2018

Time: 10:30 AM

 

Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour

Old National Centre

Date: October 21, 2018

Time: 4:30 PM

 

Halloween ZooBoo presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers

Indianapolis Zoo located in White River State Park

Date: October 28, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM

 

Children’s Museum Guild’s Haunted House

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Date: October 31, 2018

 

 

 

 

How can I ‘Join the Movement’ against bullying?

 

 

What is Bullying?

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior that frequently manifests as abusive treatment, and can be classified as child abuse. It is the use of force or coercion to affect others, and often involves an imbalance of power, which can be social and/or physical. Bullying can occur in any context in which human beings interact with one another. The five types of bullying include physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, and cyber (online).

 

How is Bullying different from teasing?

Teasing is when two (or more) people are laughing.   Bullying is when only one person is laughing. Teasing is not bullying when there is mutual give and take, sometimes affectionate, sometimes humorous, a bantering style of communication where there is equal power.  Bullying is when one person does all the giving and one person does all the taking.  In a bullying situation, there is no fun for the person on the receiving end.

 

What is Child Abuse?

Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment, or neglect, of a child.

 

What is Peer Abuse?

Peer abuse is bullying that takes place among peers, typically in schools and in places of work. Peer abuse can also be described as child-on-child abuse.

 

Who/What is a Bullier?

A bullier is someone who takes part in bullying, or peer abuse. Bulliers can be single actors, or carry out their behavior in groups.

 

Who/What is a Target?

A target is the object of an attack by a bullier.

 

Who/What is a Witness?

A witness to bullying will often experience severe psychological distress and anxiety from feelings of guilt for not interceding on a bullying target’s behalf. Witnesses to bullying behavior are at risk for many of the same behavioral and psychological issues as the targets of bullying, including poor school performance and substance abuse.

 

Who/What is a Champion?

A champion takes action to relieve the target’s pain, either through challenging or changing the culture of bullying, reporting the incident or befriending the target. A champion can be a fellow student, parent, teacher or other school personnel.

 

What role does bullying play in family and domestic violence?

Studies strongly correlate bullying behavior with domestic violence, showing that children who are bulliers and many who experience bullying develop into abusers as adults. Adult abusers often focus their attention on family members and in settings where imbalance of power exists, increasing the likelihood of violence at home.

 

What are the laws concerning Bullying?

While there are laws and policies in place to address the issue, most school districts report that the implementation is still an unfunded mandate that causes grave concern. Many Superintendents and School Boards indicate that the fear of bullying may be occurring daily in their schools, but they lack the resources and tools for a fail-safe implementation of their newly developed policy.

 

Others express concern for the legal implications and liability when bullying occurs and districts cannot document their efforts or when no formalized anti-bullying implementation exists.  Educators recognize the need to provide training and strategies to address bullying at the levels where it most frequently occurs to increase student achievement and decrease legal liability.

 

What does “changing the culture of bullying” really mean to schools and students?

The bullying disorder that ravages many schools requires two approaches. We must find a way to identify and treat afflicted children, both the targets and the bulliers, who are in pain.  At the same time, we must create a system to address the widespread causes of the problem, which is to change the culture of the school community.  Targets of bullying commonly report that school personnel, parents and other students were aware of the bullying behavior, but failed to take action to stop it. These situations occur in environments that have become accustomed to tolerating a culture of bullying, or just don’t understand the culture. Changing the culture of bullying means changing the societal “norms” and creating a “new normal” where bullying behavior is not tolerated, and where a culture of kindness and empathy is taught and nurtured.

 

What is Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and Prevent Child Abuse America?

In 2009, Prevent Child Abuse America adopted a policy declaring that bullying is a form of child abuse, specifically, peer abuse. A more recent decision in 2011 by the Board of Directors identified bullying/peer abuse prevention as a program priority. Prevent Child Abuse Indiana is a Division of The Villages and one of the 48 state chapters of Prevent Child Abuse America (formerly the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse). Prevent Child Abuse America was founded in 1972 in Chicago, IL. State chapters in 48 states engage in various programs and services including parent support groups, resource referral lines, fathering and parenting programs, shaken baby prevention programs, sexual abuse prevention services and its signature voluntary home visitation service, Healthy Families America.

 

What is the “Train the Trainers” element of the BullySafeIndiana Program?

Train the Trainer sessions are designed to teach school personnel, parents and students to recognize bullying behavior and stop it in its tracks. Since a bullying specialist can’t possibly be present in every school, Train the Trainers aims to make everyone an expert on detecting and stopping bullying behaviors so a culture of kindness and empathy can be created.

 

What is a “Student Empowerment Session?”

The goal of Student Empowerment Sessions is to empower students with their own collective wisdom. By the end of an hour children have a clearer picture of why students become bullies, how some students are singled out for taunting, strategies for dealing with bullying behavior and the role of the witness in the daily power struggles that permeate our schools. Children also want to discuss sibling bullying, the special ways that girls bully each other and opportunities to make amends with students they have hurt. They have profound insights about this subject and are eager to share their thoughts and feelings.

 

What is BullySafeIndiana?

BullySafeUSA™ is launching BullySafeIndiana, a statewide public education outreach campaign in collaboration with The Villages and Prevent Child Abuse Indiana to distribute an effective anti-bullying curriculum to public and private schools and Indiana communities. BullySafeIndiana’s training system teaches teachers and parents how to empower students, and it teaches students how to police themselves, stand up to bulliers and protect each other. Student Empowerment and Train the Trainer sessions are supported with ongoing in-school curriculum and web components.

 

 

 

How can I reach BullySafeIndiana or BullySafeUSA?

Postal mail:                                                                Email:

BullySafeIndiana                                                        info@bullysafeindiana.com

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana                                      Web:

c/o The Villages                                                          www.bullysafeindiana.com

3833 North Meridian Street                                       www.bullysafeusa.com

Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone: 317.775.6500

“Join the Movement to Stop Bullying”

       

 

Bullying Prevention Education

Across the nation today, more than 160,000 students will not attend school. This failure to attend is due largely because they have become TARGETS of bullying.  They are gripped by the fear of what might happen to them on the bus, the playground, the cafeteria, the locker room, the classroom, the hallways or just walking home from school.

The National Education Association reports that every 7 minutes of every school day, students are victims of school bullying, 85% of the time there is no intervention by another student or an adult. Students confirm that these painful taunts generate fear and disruption in the teaching and learning process but the pain and anxiety linger for years after the incidents subside.

By 2010, a series of youth suicides occurred within a very short period of time. In 90% of all the incidents, parents reported their child had been bullied and the school’s intervention or lack thereof was to blame.  As a result of these individual tragedies and well documented incidents, many school districts were prompted to update their safety plans to include an anti-bullying policy.  In addition, local, state and national agencies responded with their own versions of anti-bullying legislation.

While there are laws and policies in place to address the issue, most school districts report that the implementation is still an unfunded mandate that causes grave concern. Many Superintendents and School Boards indicate that the fear of bullying may be occurring daily in their schools, but they lack the resources and tools for a fail-safe implementation of their newly developed policy.

Others express concern for the legal implications and liability when bullying occurs and districts cannot document their efforts or when no formalized anti-bullying implementation exists.  Educators recognize the need to provide training and strategies to address bullying at the levels where it most frequently occurs to increase student achievement and decrease legal liability.

BullySafeUSA-Indiana is a nationally recognized anti-bullying program. It was founded by Suellen Fried in 1997 and has been presented to some 80,000 school districts across the nation.  In Indiana, BullySafeUSA trainers have been certified to present a comprehensive program, customized to meet the needs of individual school districts.  It offers a Train-the Trainer model along with technical assistance in developing each school’s training implementation plan.  Its Student Empowerment Sessions offer a proven model and supporting on-going curriculum and trained classroom coordinators.

BullySafeUSA-Indiana offers a comprehensive training and support program for every segment of the school district and parent community. The program is formatted to provide training for Central Office Staff, teachers counselors, social workers but also it includes training for all classes of staff and outreach to the parent community. The BullySafeIndiana program is a transformational framework and engages all its stakeholders in changing the culture of the school community.

BullySafeUSA content introduces the participants to bullying prevention education by addressing bullying as a form of child abuse. All sessions are interactive and led by a certified trainer.  The term ‘peer abuse’ is identified as the likely form of child-on-child abuse observed in classrooms and other school settings. Bullying is given a common set of definitions for the entire school and in the ongoing educational materials.

Four Areas of Concern are also identified for the schools and students. These are: Targets, Bulliers, Witnesses and Teachers.  The BullySafe Trainer defines and provides concrete examples for each.  This presentation identifies the five types of bullying which are:  Physical, Verbal, Emotional, Sexual and Cyber-bullying.  Careful and thoughtful detail are given to defining and providing samples for each category.

Other Areas and Topics covered can be customized for audience interest, and may include; Differences between boys and girls who bully, the difference between Sympathy and Empathy, development of a S.T.A.R. Witness Club and Student-Led Media to integrate social media and student ownership of the problem.  The trainer-led Student Empowerment Sessions provides the most compelling evidence of the program.  The BullySafeUSA-Indiana program offers strategies for all levels of the educational organization; from review of existing policies to strategies for schools, classrooms or individuals. BullySafeUSA-Indiana participants will conclude the training sessions with a school implementation and action plan, workbooks, books, DVD’s and other tools to support a successful implementation.

For more information about bringing a Bullying Prevention Presentation to your school or community organization, please fill out a Presentation Form to schedule a training.

Other contact information: Info@BullySafeIndiana.com or the BullySafeUSA website.

 

Video:

Chad, son of a Villages Board Member, performing his original song “Engage In Change”

 

Downloadable Info

Bullying Prevention Brochure – English or Spanish

Bully Safe USA Brochure

FAQ 2012: Bully Safe Indiana

BullySafeUSA Creator – SuEllen Fried Biography

 

 

Links to News Articles, etc.

IndyStar.com: BullySafeIndiana Tracie Wells 11-01-2011

Kokomo Tribune: Bullying is a Community Problem

News Release 10-31-2011: Washington Township Schools