Allen Support Team Parent News

Bullying Prevention

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.

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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 flowerd@gcsnc.com

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Cyberbullying

1- Be Aware of What Your Kids are Doing Online: The more devices they have, the more chances they have to experience cyberbullying


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.

Join the fight to stop bullying in today’s digital age and help our schools create a culture of caring. Click HERE to register for the sessions. A link to join the session will be sent after registration.

KnowBullying Mobile App

https://store.samhsa.gov/product/knowbullying

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.

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If you notice signs of bullying in your child, contact Allen Counselors or Administration Immediately

If you wish to make an anonymous report of bullying to GCS:

https://www.gcsnc.com/Page/62452

Allen Support Staff Team

6th Grade Counselor Ms. Weyant weyantj@gcsnc.com

7th Grade Counselor Mr. Flowers flowersd@gcsnc.com

8th Grade Counselor Ms. Preston prestos@gcsnc.com

School Social Worker Ms. Smith smithj5@gcsnc.com

School Psychologist Ms. Crawley crawlea@gcsnc.com

Mental Health Coordinator Ms. Phillips phillim2@gcsnc.com