Bullying

“IT IS HEREBY DECLARED TO BE THE POLICY OF THE STATE TO AFFORD ALL STUDENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AN ENVIRONMENT FREE OF DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT”

Recently, New York State announced in SENATE BILL – S 1987B that:
The anti-bullying law is in place and our community needs to protect the children from this hateful crime. As Caregivers, there are things who can do to identify bullying, and protect your children in care. Take a good look at you school-agers when they come back to you after school.   Do they show the following signs?:
¨ Has damaged books, backpacks, clothing
¨ Missing jewelry, money, electronic devices, books
¨ Has unexplained injuries or bruises that were not there in the morning
¨ Feeling sick: has headaches, stomachaches
¨ Appears sad, moody or depressed
¨ Often feels like they are not good enough
¨ Blames themselves for their problems
¨ Suddenly has fewer friends
¨ Talks of suicide

If any of your children show any of these signs, especially talking of suicide, talk to the child, talk to the parent (she may already suspect).   If this child is being bullied, it can be stopped, but it will require open communication, and a watchful eye.

But if your school-aged child shows these signs:
¨ Becomes violent with others
¨ Gets into physical or verbal  fights with others
¨ Has extra money or new belongings that cannot be explained
¨ Is quick to blame others
¨ Will not accept responsibility for their actions
¨ Has friends who bully others
¨ Needs to win or be best at everything

This child may be a bully and is in need of help, as well.  Again talk to the child, talk to the
parent.  But this time, the parent may not easily acknowledge that her child is a bully.

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