According to the www.stopbullying.gov website, a federal government website managed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, by definition, “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” Simply by nature, schools are a prime location for potential bullying behavior. As educators we play an important role in cultivating a safe, comfortable environment for young people to learn and grow.
We seek to embrace each individual child and empower them to be confident individuals with a true understanding of success in a diverse community. Schools also have a responsibility to engage our partners – to work with parents, coaches, counselors, medical professionals, faith-based leaders and other potential adults that have an influence in the life of a child. While school can often provide a myriad of resources, it truly takes a collective effort to keep our children safe.
Cyber bullying, or bullying that takes place using electronic technology, extends well beyond the school day. It takes a united effort – an effort often including parents, schools and potentially law enforcement – to provide guidance, support and leadership when protecting young people from cyber bullying. Unwanted, aggressive behavior outside of the school environment must be handled in a swift, purposeful manner through coordinated steps. Often parents are able to work together, to monitor electronic communications and to handle potential issues if they are willing and able to work together.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 the Hilliard City School District, in partnership with Syntero Counseling Center, will host a Parent Workshop at Hilliard Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road in Hilliard at 7 p.m. to discuss factors that contribute to bullying and most importantly how to prevent bullying. The program will also discuss risk levels associated with suicide including conversation about prevention, impulse and positive outcomes. A discussion on cyber bullying is included as well as ways to help students understand the factors that lead to bullying.
We are partners in keeping our children safe. Issues such as bullying, suicide and drug abuse are not new and not limited to Hilliard. We will continue to seek opportunities that bring resources together, to partner with health professionals in the field, to collaborator with law enforcement, and to team-up with neighboring school districts. Most of all, we are committed to embracing and empowering parents as our partners in these essential conversations. Only by working together can we strive to provide the best potential environment for our young people to learn and grow as we prepare them to be ready for tomorrow.