Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Respect for All" Parent Workshop in the Roosevelt Island School (P.S./I.S. 217)

Roosevelt Island School (P.S./I.S. 217) held a parent workshop "Respect for All" on March 9th, 2010.  Among topics covered by the facilitators were:
1) What do we know about bullies? How can we identify a bully?
2) Myths about bullying:
- most bullying is physical
- bully has little long term affect on a student's academic progress
- very few kids are actually targets of bullies
- bullies grow out of it and don't have problems with other people once they leave school
- being bullied make a person tougher in the long run
- most targets of bullying report in to teachers or other concerned adults because they know they need help in - addressing the situation
- peer mediation is a good strategy to use to make peace between a student who is engaging in bullying
- behavior and the student she/he is bullying
3) Facts about bullying:
- every day about 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school because of fear of bullies
- bullying is a form of victimization or peer abuse which requires adult intervention
- being the target of bullying can affect a child's physical health
- over half of students who are bullied report that they are bullied because of how they talk or how they look
- research indicates that students intervene in bullying situations more than twice as often as adults
4) Children who are bullied.
5) Intervention for both bullies and the bullied.

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