OLWEUS

Lone Oak
Elementary
and
OLWEUS
BULLYING
PREVENTION PROGRAM

 
 

        What Is the Olweus
Bullying Prevention Program?

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) prevents or reduces bullying in elementary, middle, and junior high schools
(with students ages five to fifteen). OBPP
is not a curriculum, but a program that deals with bullying at the schoolwide, classroom, individual, and community levels.
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.
Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting, verbal harassment, spreading false rumors, not letting someone be part of the group, and sending nasty messages on a cell phone or over the Internet.
Four Anti-Bullying Rules:
1. We will not bully others.
2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
3. We will try to include students that
   are left out.
4. If we know that somebody is being
bullied, we will tell an adult at  school and an adult at home.

How Do I Know If My Child Is Being Bullied?

There are some warning signs that you can
look for if you think your child is being
bullied.
Be concerned if your child 
•  comes home with torn, damaged, or miss      
   ing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings 
•  has unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches 
•  has few, if any, friends with whom he or
   she spends time 
•  seems afraid of going to school   
•  seems afraid to ride the school bus or
   take part in activities with peers (such as
   clubs) 
•  takes a long, illogical route when walking
   to or from school or the bus stop
•  has lost interest in schoolwork or suddenly begins to do poorly in school
•  appears sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home 
•  talks frequently about headaches,stomachaches, or other physical
   problems 
•  has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad
   dreams
•  has a loss of appetite 
•  appears anxious and/or suffers from low 
   self-esteem
If your child shows any of these signs, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is being bullied, but it is worth checking out. (These could also be signs of other problems, such as depression, lack of friendships, or lack of interest in school.)

What Can I Do If I Think My Child Is Being Bullied?

•  Share your concerns with your child's
   teacher or principal.
•  Talk with your child.
•  Try to find out more about your  
   child's school life.
•  Encourage your child to
   spend time with friendly students in                  
   in his or her class.
•  Help your child meet new friends out
   side of school.
•  Teach your child safety
   strategies, such as how to
   seek help from an adult.
•  Make sure your home is a
   safe and loving place for your child.

 
 
If you and your child need additional help, talk with a school counselor and/or mental health professional.

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What Can I Do If My Child Is Bullying Others?Here are some things you can do to help your child stop bullying others

:• Make it clear to your child that you take  
  bullying seriously and that bullying is not
  okay.
• Develop clear rules within your
  family for your child's behavior. Praise  
  your child for following the rules and
  use nonphysical and logical
  consequences when rules are broken.  
  A logical consequence for bullying
  behavior might be a loss of priveleges for
  a while, such as using the phone to call
  friends, using email to talk with friends,
  and other other activities your child
  enjoys. 
• Spend lots of time with your child and 
  carefully supervise and monitor his or
  her activities. Find out who your child's 
  friends  are and how and where they
  spend their free time.
• Build on your child's talents by trying to
  get him or her involved in positive activi-
  ties (such as clubs, music lessons, and
  nonviolent sports). Be sure to watch his
  or her behavior in these places as well.
 • Share your concerns with your child's 
  teacher, counselor, and/or principal. Work
  together to send a clear message to
  your child that his or her bulllying must
  stop.
• If you and your child need additional
  help, talk with a school counselor and/or
  mental health professional.

Here are some ways you can begin talking about bullying with your child:

•  I'm interested in your thoughts and    feelings about bullying. What does
   the word bullying mean to you?
•  Do you ever see students at
   your school being bullied by other
   students? How does it make you
   feel?
•  What do you usually do when you
   see bullying going on?
•  Have you ever tried to help
   someone who was being bullied?
• What happened? What do you think
   you can do if it happens again?
•  Would you feel like a tattletale
   if you told an adult that someone
   was bullying?
•  Have you ever called another
   person names? Do you think that is
   bullying? Talk more about that.
•  Do you or your friends ever leave
   other students out of activities?
   (Talk more about this type of
   bullying.)
•  Is your school doing special things
   to try to prevent bullying? If so, tell
   me about your schools rules and
   programs against bullying.
•  What things do you think parents
   could/should do to help stop bullying?