DASA Information for Parents/Guardians:
What is Bullying?:
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending him or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over. This can include:
- Punching, shoving, and other acts that hurt people physically
- Spreading bad rumors about people
- Keeping certain people out of a "group"
- Teasing people in a mean way
- Getting certain people to "gang up" on others
- Threatening another person
- Inappropriate comments regarding someone’s race, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
What is Cyberbullying?:
Cyberbullying is when children, teens, or adults bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology. This can include:
- Sending mean text, email, or instant messages
- Posting nasty pictures or messages about others on social media sites, in blogs or on web sites
- Using someone else's user name to spread rumors or lies about someone
There are some things that may make a student feel as though he/she is being bullied but are not classified as bullying. For example:
Typical Peer Conflict vs. bullying:
- Conflict, while sometimes uncomfortable, can be an opportunity for equal partners in the situation to learn how to solve problems. This will happen by both people working the problem out through healthy and positive means such as meeting with a guidance counselor or teacher.
- Bullying is done by someone perceived to be more powerful than the target and is unwanted, negative, and meant to cause harm to the bullying target through physically or emotionally damaging means that are repeated or threatened to be repeated.
Accidents or Misunderstandings:
- Someone says something and did not know it would upset you, and then apologizes.
- A person accidentally bumps into you or pushes past you, and says “sorry”.
- A person does not agree with you, but respects your opinion.
- A person borrows something without asking but gives it back when asked.
- The student stops when asked and does not do it again.
- The student thing it is fun to upset another student and does not stop when asked.
- A student takes another student’s property to purposely upset him/her.
- A student sends mean or inappropriate messages to another student’s phone or email.
- The student does not stop when asked.
What are some warning signs?
- Unexplained injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, jewelry, or money
- Frequent headaches, stomach aches, feeling sick, not wanting to go to school
- Changes in eating habits
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Declining grades, loss of interest in school work
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem
What do I do if my child is being harassed or bullied/cyberbullied?
Print or e-mail the DASA complaint form and submit it to the DASA coordinator.