No Bullying Program
The No-Bullying Program
The No-Bullying Program was implemented at Saint George School. It recognizes that what happens to our children today determines what will happen to all of us tomorrow. Those who bully, who abuse power today, will continue to abuse it in the future. Those who take unfair advantage of the less powerful over and over again will grow to be unstoppable in their abuse, whether that bullying is in the form of an assault and battery or a savings and loan scam. What seems to be at stake, then, is more than childhood without violence, but adulthood, a middle-age, and an old-age for us all.
Debunking the Myths
Much of the "knowledge" about bullying that's widely assumed to be factual is, in fact, false.
≈ Myth: Only boys bully
≈ Myth: Once a bully, always a bully
≈ Myth: Students who bully have low self-worth
≈ Myth: All bullying involves a physical aggression
≈ Myth: Most students who bully do poorly in school
≈ Myth: Most bullying happens away from or on the way home from school
≈ Myth: Standing up to a bully will deter his or her bullying
Characteristics of Students Who Bully
Have a significant role model who models aggressive or violent behavior. Feel excited by their bullying behavior.
≈ Enjoy being in charge and in control
≈ Dominate others and tend to win over others, thus value the rewards of bullying
≈ Look upon their victims with little or no empathy, believing the victim provoked the aggression and deserved it
≈ Are usually average students who are neither anxious nor insecure, and who have fairly high self-esteem Feel no guilt for their behavior and tend to think they should always have their own way
Families can help
Families play a vital role in helping the No-Bullying Program succeed. Discuss and review the lessons about bullying Saint George School is teaching as part of the No-Bullying Program. Express support for putting a stop to bullying and share your own stories about bullying. Emphasize to never attempt to fight back or retaliate in other ways against someone who bullies.
Together we can make a difference!