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.”
This definition includes three important components:
Bullying involves aggressive behavior.
Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.
Types of Bullying
Bullying can take on many forms. Students in HISD are asked if they have been bullied in any of the following ways:
Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and/or bad names
Bullying through exclusion or isolation
Physical bullying such as hitting, kicking, shoving
Bullying in the form of lies, gossip, or rumors
Having money or property damaged or taken
Being threatened or forced to do things
How can parents get involved?
Parent involvement is helpful and even essential for the smooth running of many aspects of school life. It is also an important component of OBPP.
We know that students are more likely to tell a family member about bullying behavior than school personnel.
We know most students will not say anything at all, it will just show with their actions.
We want you to reinforce the same anti-bullying messages and social rules about caring for others at home. This provides a consistent message for students in all areas of their lives.
We welcome parent participation in OBPP at class meetings, school functions, and district functions.
OBPP has provided guides for parents on what to do when experiencing bullying behavior; use these tips to communicate with your student as we work together to alleviate the bullying challenges presented in schools.