WHAT IS BULLYING?
Newark Unified School District recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student learning and school attendance and desires to provide safe school environments that protect students from physical and emotional harm. District employees shall establish student safety as a high priority and shall not tolerate bullying of any student. (BP 5131.2)
California Department of Education defines school bullying as:
~ Bullying is exposing a person to abusive actions repeatedly over time. Being aware of children’s teasing and acknowledging injured feelings are always important. However, it becomes a bullying concern when harmful or aggressive behavior toward an individual or group appear to be unprovoked and usually repeated.
~ Bullying is a form of violence. It involves a real or perceived imbalance of power, with the more powerful child or group attacking those who are less powerful. Bullying may be physical (hitting kicking spitting, pushing), verbal (taunting, malicious teasing, name-calling, threatening), or emotional (spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, extorting, or intimidating). Bullying can occur face-to-face or in the online world.
~ Bullying is one or more acts by a pupil or group of pupils directed against another pupil that constitutes sexual harassment, hate violence, severe or pervasive intentional harassment, threats or intimidation that is disruptive, causes disorder, and invades the rights of others by creating an intimidating or hostile environment and includes acts that are committed personally or by means of an electronic act as defined.
~ An “electronic bullying” or Cyberbullying is defined as transmission of a communication, including, but not limited to a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device, including but not limited to a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer or paper.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS BEING BULLIED?
If you feel that your child is experiencing any of the actions defined as bullying as defined by the California Board of Education:
|Electronic Cyber-Bullying||Name Calling|
|Being Threatened||Objects of Rumors|
|Social Relationships being manipulated||Extortion|
Students are encouraged to notify school staff when they are being bullied or suspect that another student is being victimized. Students, Parents or Staff can fill out the Cougar Tips form anonymously if they feel threatened or wish to report any information.