At Jackson, when incidents (harassment, bullying, etc.) occur, they are reported and responded to by staff following the school-wide reporting procedure (see above). In addition, the following distinctions are considered:
Conflict vs. bullying - What’s the difference?
- Is a struggle between two or more people who perceive they have incompatible goals or desires.
- Occurs naturally as we interact with one another. It is a normal part of life that we will not always agree with other people about the things we want, what we think, or what we want to do.
- There is equal power between those involved.
- Is behavior with the intent to hurt, harm, or humiliate.
- Is unfair, one-sided, and there is an imbalance of power*.
- Happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.
- Can be repeated or threatened to be repeated.
*Power can mean the person that is bullying is older, bigger, stronger.
- Bully - The person doing the bullying.
- Target - The person being bullied.
- Bystanders are those who watch bullying happen.
- Upstanders are those that take a stand against an act of injustice or bullying. They are part of the solution and help stop bullying by reporting bullying to an adult.
- Telling/Reporting - The intentional act of keeping everyone safe and helping someone who is struggling or being hurt.
- Tattling/Snitching - The intentional act of trying to get someone in trouble or make yourself look good.
- Is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets.
- It can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content.
- Includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.
- It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.
- Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
Saying no to a bully and to bullying begins with reporting! Students are free to report bullying anonymously by using this online form. Every report will be reviewed by Ms. Kosmala, Mr. Newsome or Ms. Nelson In many case students will be talked with to get more information or to simply share the report.
Students who are experiencing bullying that will not stop need to be encouraged to reach out to their trusted adults for help. Parents, teachers, counselors, and your principals are here to help. Ask for time to talk with any of us or complete the anonymous report and tell us you want to meet in the description.
Resources for All
- Steps to Respect Steps - http://www.cfchildren.org/steps-to-respect.aspx
- Bully Blockers - http://www.cfchildren.org/bullying-prevention.aspx
- Bullying Preventions and PBIS - http://www.pbis.org/common/pbisresources/publications/bullyprevention_ES.pdf
Resources for Adults and Students
- www.adl.org (anti-defamation league)
- www.glsen.org (gay, lesbian, and straight education network)
- www.Girlsinc.org (information about empowering girls)
- www.saysomethingnow.com (author that specializes in books about bullying)
- www.handsproject.org (anti-violence campaign)
- www.trudyludwig.com (author that specializes in books about bullying)