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For Parents of Grades 7-12

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In 2014 the CDC released an official definition for bullying. Bullying is defined as any unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance (physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity in a controlling or harmful way). Often, the bullying behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.1 

The information provided below is intended to provide support to parents who suspect their child is being bullied and resources to help counter bullying. Your child’s safety is a priority for us, so it is important to invest the time into their social and emotional health, with this included information.

1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied last year. About 37% of young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have been bullied online30% have experienced it more than once.2 60% of young people have witnessed online bullying. Most do not intervene.3

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In the end, we will remember, not the words of our enemies... but the silence of our friends.” The central themes that we want to promote are the importance of being an upstander and the impact of promoting acts of kindness.

1 “What is Bullying” Stop Bullying.gov.
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2 Patchin, Ph.D, Justin. “2019 Cyberbullying Data.”
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3 “Safety Net: Cyberbullying’s Impact on Young People’s Mental Health: Inquiry Report.”
The Children’s Society.
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Parent Tips

Starting conversations 
Starting conversations about daily life with a 15-minute duration can make a difference in children’s wellness. Use prompts for them to elaborate on their best qualities to check confidence.

One good thing
Conversation starters include asking about one good thing from the day and any bad they want to share and questions allowing them to share about lunchtime and bus ride.

Be aware
Be aware of how your children spend their screen time, particularly on social media sites. Note that online gaming sites are considered social media.