Bullying in the NC Public Schools is an issue that demands kids, parents, teachers, and administrators work together on in an effort to stop bullying. In this article we are going to outline many resources NC parents and kids can use in this mission, but we really want this article to be more about community collaboration, insights, and knowledge concerning what each NC county public schools are doing to raise awareness about violence and bullying in our schools. We hope you will consider sharing this article on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ do that others can join with us in this discussion. To add your insights, simply scroll down to the bottom of this article to use the comment section.
View The U.S. Federal Government’s Public Service Announcement On Bullying And Cyberbullying In NC Public Schools.
Resources For Parents Regarding Bullying In NC Public Schools
- Learn the signs and symptoms of a child who is experiencing bullying – Children who are being bullied but do not feel compelled to tell teachers, their parents, and other adults that they are experiencing bullying will often times show signs either outwardly and inwardly. These signs include: 1) Coming home from school with torn clothes, bruises, cuts, and scrapes. When confronted, these kids will blow it off as nothing and retreat to their rooms. As a parent, it is paramount that you gently try to build a rapport and trust with you child until he/she opens up about what is happening. Other signs include 2) Being reluctant to go to school or making up sickness 3) If your child rides a bike or walks to school and chooses a route that is illogical and out of the way, he/she may be avoiding a bully. 4) Suddenly becomes disinterested in school work and extracurricular activities where they normally are good academically and with after school activities. 5) Suddenly becomes sad, depressed, or has changes in eating and sleeping habits. 6) Starts to isolate and all social interactions seem to revolve around escaping from reality by excessive use of gaming and online websites.
- Learn the signs and symptoms of a child who is bullying – Children who are bullying others oftentimes will display their own signs and symptoms of being the aggressor in bullying to include 1) A strong need to dominate other children, be in control, and asserts that domination and control even when other children resist 2) Intimidates siblings or other children 3) Children who are “hot tempered”, impulsive, easily angered, has resistance to authority, or conforming to structure and rules often times will be found to be bullies 4) Opposition and defiance towards teachers, other adults, and parents 5) Anti-social and criminal behavior.
As a parent with a child in the NC Public School System, whether as a parent who’s child is experiencing bullying or is displaying bullying type behavior, it is important to immediately make an appointment with school officials to resolve these problems quickly and start any type of suggested psychological assessments and counseling should they be advised or offered.
It is important for parents to talk about bullying in the NC Public Schools. Parents need to explain to children that it is not okay to be bullied, or to bully and help them find outlets that will resolve these issues.
It is important for NC public schools officials, teachers, and parents to have a very strong communication regime in place if bullying becomes an issue with a child.
Parents who take a common sense approach to a child being bullied, or who is bullying, will go a long way in resolving this issue. Parents should never blame a child, make light of the issue, encourage a child to “fight back” against a bully, and not listen to their child when the issue is brought up. Listening is probably the best tool and asset a parent has when dealing with a child who is bullying, or being a bully.
Children who experience or witness domestic violence, abuse, neglect, or dependency are three times more likely to be bullied or commit bullying.
Resources For School Age Kids In NC Public Schools Who Are Witnessing Bullying Or Are Victims Of Bullying
The most important message that NC Public School children who are either witnessing bullying, or are being bullied, to know is that you must tell someone. In many cases, children who witness bullying in schools can oftentimes be just as traumatized as the child who is experiencing bullying. Experts agree that unless the level of bullying reaches the risk of immediate danger to life and limb, children who are witnessing bullying must immediately report the incident to the nearest school official, teacher, office worker, or janitor.
Many NC Public Schools in counties across the State maintain a website where parents and children can anonymously report to school authorities.
Children who witness bullying in schools can experience the same signs and symptoms as children who are actually being bullied and may need some type of counseling to overcome the trauma.
Kids, Parents, Teachers, And NC Public Schools Administrators Discussion On Ending Bullying
In this section we are strongly encouraging parents and others who have a stake in ending bullying in the public schools to give their insights and knowledge about specific programs in your community or schools that is working. When commenting, please tell us which county public school system you belong to so that others searching the Internet can find your information. Please be detailed when commenting.
Are you the parent of a child who is or was being bullied within the public school? If so, what types of interventions helped you address this issue with your child? Has the bullying stopped? How did the school your child goes to react to and address the issue?
Are you the parent of a child who discovered that his/her child was the aggressor in bullying other children in school? What types of programs or changes did you have to make to help the child overcome this type of acting out?
Which county public schools is NC actually have clubs and extracurricular programs that seek to bring awareness to this problem? Do you volunteer with these programs? Do you think criminal prosecution of bullies is an appropriate way to end bullying, or does it make it worse for all involved?
How does your public school system in NC deal with children who are found to be bullies? suspension, expulsion, or some other type of preventive treatment?
What else can you tell us about bullying in the NC Public Schools? Be sure to tell us which county in NC you are addressing.