Counselor's Corner

What are we learning with Ms. Boslow this month??

December and January Lessons Will Focus on ANTI-BULLYING!

Every year, each grade level learns about bullying and how to stop it. The students learn the 3 R's:

1. RECOGNIZE bullying when it happens

2. REPORT bullying to a trusted adult (teacher, parent, etc.)

3. REFUSE bullying by standing up for those who are being bullied.

In addition, the students learn what the difference between a BYSTANDER and an UPSTANDER. A BYSTANDER sits back and allows bullying to happen by not reporting it. An UPSTANDER reports bullying and stands up for those who may be bullied.

These discussions are very important as we want our school to be 100% BULLY FREE!!

Captain Compassion--Bullying Prevention Superhero!

Watch the video on the following website with your child and start an honest discussion at home about bullying. YOU have the power to prevent bullying from happening by NOT being a bystander! Listen to what Captain Compassion has to say:

Bullying Unit Scope and Sequence

Attached is the scope and sequence of what we will be learning. Although it says Grade 5, it is the same scope and sequence for ALL grade levels, Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Types of Bullying

Physical bullying--Includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property. Physical bullying causes both short term and long term damage.

Verbal bullying--Includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse. While verbal bullying can start off harmless, it can escalate to levels which start affecting the individual target.

Social bullying--Social bullying, sometimes referred to as covert bullying, is often harder to recognise and can be carried out behind the bullied person's back. It is designed to harm someone's social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Social bullying includes:

  • lying and spreading rumours
  • negative facial or physical gestures, menacing or contemptuous looks
  • playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
  • mimicking unkindly
  • encouraging others to socially exclude someone
  • damaging someone's social reputation or social acceptance.

Cyber bullying--Can be overt or covert bullying behaviours using digital technologies, including hardware such as computers and smartphones, and software such as social media, instant messaging, texts, websites and other online platforms.

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