Is it Bullying?
Is it truly bullying? Or is it rude behavior, a mean moment, or conflict that can be resolved? Before you report bullying, try to understand what bullying is and is not.
Rude: accidentally or unintentionally saying or doing something that hurts feelings or embarrasses someone
Mean: Saying or doing something on purpose to hurt someone; happens once or twice
Conflict: Conflict is a disagreement between friends or peers who are equal in power. There is always a solution to work through conflict, although it can take practice and isn’t always easy!
Bullying: Behavior that is on purpose, repeated over time and involves an imbalance of power (*power = older, bigger, stronger, social power). Types of bullying include physical, verbal, relational, and cyberbullying.
When our children can correctly identify a behavior, then they can use the appropriate tools to handle the situation. Encouraging resiliency and empathy are cornerstones in how you can help.
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Conflict Resolution Tools
Conflict is often labeled or misunderstood as bullying. Conflict is a natural part of life and a natural part of friendships. Our children need the skills to deal with conflict in a safe and reasonable way. AA students are taught that there are at least six ways to handle conflict, through classroom guidance lessons and with visuals aids around school.

HA-HA-SO for Bullying
Teaching our children to be “up-standers” and support a classmate is the best way to help in a bullying situation. When a child feels they are being bullied, they can use HA-HA-SO to help themselves:
HELP: Ask friends, teachers, staff, and parents for help. Lots of people care about you and want you to feel safe!
ASSERT YOURSELF: Use "I" statements in a calm voice, for example: "I don't like it when you pull on my backpack and I want you to stop." Walk away.
HUMOR: Use humor in a positive way. Make a joke about what was said, not who said it. Example: When teased about hairstyle, say "I didn't know you cared enough to notice."
AVOID: Stay away from kids who are mean and join with others rather than being alone.
SELF-TALK: Think positive statements about yourself and your accomplishments. Example: "I know I'm kind and smart."
OWN IT: Say you agree and walk away or combine with an assertive statement. For example, "Yes, I did fail the test and I don't appreciate you looking at my paper."

Report Bullying
If you've been a target or know someone who has been a target of bullying behavior that is intentional, repeated overtime, and involves a power imbalance, please make a report. Both school reports can be made anonymously.
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