Allen Support Team Parent News
A NOTE FROM ALLEN SUPPORT STAFF:
A parent's job is to protect their children. When the word bullying is mentioned, it can create an emotional response. It is important to respond quickly and let everyone know it is not acceptable. Bullying is a serious issue that can produce long lasting and very negative effects. This newsletter will outline some helpful information and resources for prevention and if needed, response to bullying behavior.
Signs of Bullying
- Physical injuries, headaches, sleep disturbances, or other physical symptoms that aren’t fully explained by a known medical condition.
- Depression, anxiety, self-harming behavior (more common for girls) and anger, aggression, and engagement in risky and impulsive behavior (more common for boys). Children’s grades or test scores may be negatively impacted as well.
- Children who are both perpetrators and targets of bullying may have poor peer relationships, health problems, and aggression.
Coming Soon: Peer Mediation
Peer mediation is a process where trained students act as neutral mediators. These students work with their peers to uncover the root causes of their disputes and decide on fairways of resolving a conflict. Peer mediation helps switch the focus from punishment to conflict resolution. The truth is that for the vast majority of conflicts between students, punishment doesn’t need to be severe. Your students are growing and learning new skills every day. The first step in this process is to select students who would benefit from this leadership activity and role. We will be asking teachers for their input with the selections.
For More Information Contact: Mr. Flowers, Allen Middle Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
2- Warning Signs a Child is Being Cyberbullied or is Cyberbullying Others:
- Noticeable increases or decreases in device use, including texting.
- A child exhibits emotional responses (laughter, anger, upset) to what is happening on their device.
- A child hides their screen or device when others are near, and avoids discussion about what they are doing on their device.
- Social media accounts are shut down or new ones appear.
- A child starts to avoid social situations, even those that were enjoyed in the past.
- A child becomes withdrawn or depressed, or loses interest in people and activities.
GCS Parent Academy: Anti-Bullying and Internet/Cyberspace Safety
Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 6pm
This is an online event.
KnowBullying Mobile App
Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their children or teens help build strong relationships, and prevent bullying. SAMHSA’s free KnowBullying app will help you boost your children’s confidence, resilience, and build effective strategies for facing bullying.
Allen Support Staff Team
7th Grade Counselor Mr. Flowers email@example.com
8th Grade Counselor Ms. Preston firstname.lastname@example.org
School Social Worker Ms. Smith email@example.com
School Psychologist Ms. Crawley firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Coordinator Ms. Phillips email@example.com