In District 113, all staff and students are taught that bullying is defined as follows:
Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
- Placing the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property.
- Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health.
- Substantially interfering with the student's academic performance.
- Substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
It is the responsibility of all of our staff, regardless of role, to prevent bullying, and to report and intervene when bullying is seen.
How You Can Help
Parents, guardians and other trusted adults can become anti-bullying advocates by:
- Reviewing the definition of bullying with their child and helping him/her understand what bullying is, how it can severely harm others, and actions children can take to report bullying
- Encouraging children to report all instances of bullying to you and/or a trusted school staff member
- Teaching children to take "screen shots" of any content they are sent online that is bullying or threatens violence, and share it with you and/or a school official
One helpful resource is www.commonsensemedia.org, a site designed to help adults understand the apps, movies and online content young people may be inclined to access--and, just as important, to help facilitate open conversations with young people about online safety and building a positive digital footprint.