October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Bullying can no longer be dismissed as child’s play. More pervasive and lethal today than in the past, bullying exacts a terrible toll on the overall school community— targets, perpetrators, and bystanders robbing students of their opportunities to learn and inflicting emotional scars that can last a lifetime On the rise across the country, bullying takes place not only on school buses and school grounds but in the corridors of cyberspace, making it virtually inescapable for today’s students.
What Is Bullying Behavior? Bullying is the chronic infliction of physical hurt and/or psychological distress on another person, usually through an imbalance of power. Bullying can involve direct physical contact, verbal attacks intended to cause emotional harm or indirect actions of social aggression intended to embarrass or isolate someone. Children can’t learn in a climate of fear and bullying has a profound impact on student achievement.
Here are some practical recommendations that should be considered to help prevent bullying:
- Talk with and listen to your kids – every day
- Teach your child about cyberbullying
- Create/teach healthy anti-bullying habits early
- Be active at your child’s school
- Report all bullying to the administration
- Refuse to join in
- Get others to help you speak out against the bullying
- Never fight the bully
To Report Bullying:
Click here to ELECTRONICALLY report incidents of Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination
Click here to download a hard copy of the Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Report
Click here to download a hard copy of the Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Report (Espanol/Spanish)
Click here to download a hard copy of the Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Report (Burmese)
Click here to download a hard copy of the Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Report (Arabic)
Click here to download a hard copy of the Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Report (French)
The Western Guilford Middle School Counseling Department agrees…
In the ability of all students to be successful regardless of background, limitations, capabilities, and or setbacks,
That the role of a school counselor is to be an advocate for the needs of all students based on their academic and/or developmental needs.
As a school counselor, we will be a voice for those students who need support, resources, and assistance in and out of the classroom.
All team members, including administrators, school counselors, teachers, staff, community leaders, and family members must actively be involved in the planning, managing, delivery, and evaluation of program activities designed to meet the needs of our students.
Valid data must be analyzed on an on-going basis to properly assist with making informed program decisions that will best meet the needs of all students.
All decisions must be driven by the ASCA ethical standards which all school counselors use as a daily guide in their profession.
Our Comprehensive School Counseling Program promotes a community that fosters personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence for our students thereby leading to responsible and productive citizenship in the 21st century.
To provide a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program to address students' academic and career goals in addition to supporting their personal and social needs. This is accomplished through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.
Some helpful information for students and parents: