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Parent Today addresses Parents' Role in Preventing Cyberbullying

CLICK HERE to see article.

 Anti-bullying Presentation and Discussion at RJK Middle School

This PRESENTATION (PDF) is designed to help students identify bullying and provides them with guidance about what to do if they see someone else being bullied or if it happens to them.

Anti-bullying Law "Dignity for All Students Act"

Monticello students with their teacherEverybody is different and no one should be harassed or threatened because of their race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. Students should feel safe at school and at school activities. It is against school rules for anyone to make another person feel threatened or unsafe.

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) protects and helps everyone feel safe at school so they can learn.

The law is aimed at protecting students against any and all forms of harassment. INFORMATION SHEET (PDF)

Working Together to End Bullying

Students who attend Monticello Schools hear a lot about bullying and what they can do to stop it. That’s because our schools tackle the issue head-on by discussing it at special assemblies and taking decisive steps to stop bullying when it occurs.

Monticello Schools views bullying and harassment as intolerable. The district condemns and strictly prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment. This includes bullying, taunting or intimidation, against students by students and/or employees on school property, which includes (among other things) school buses, school functions (which means school-sponsored, extracurricular events or activities) and under certain circumstances off-school property/off-school-campus conduct.

Each school in the Monticello District has trained DASA Coordinators available to students. If a child feels he or she is being harassed or bullied, it is essential that it be reported.

 DASA Coordinators

Report an incident

CLICK HERE for the MCSD DASA Training Overview. (PDF)

CLICK HERE to view the NYS Education Department's Codes of Conduct on School Property (Section 2801, Chapter 16, Title II, Article 55)

What is Bullying?

• Bullying is an intentional act. The child who bullies wants to harm the victim; it is no accident.

• Bullying involves repeated occurrences. Bullying is not generally considered a random act nor a single incident. Rather, a child is repeatedly picked on by another child or is the target of harassment from a whole group of children. It is the repeated nature of bullying that causes anxiety and apprehension in victims, such that the anticipation of bullying becomes as problematic as the bullying itself.

• Bullying is characterized by a power difference; an unfair fight where the child who bullies has some advantage or power over the child who is victimized. Bullying is not the same as “playing around,” it is about the abuse of power.

Source: An Age-old Problem that Needs New Solutions, Shelly Hymel and Sue Swearer

The Following Websites Can Provide More Information and Resources about Bullying

www.BullyingStatistics.com - Statistics show bullying is a nationwide problem. The purpose of this website is to help educate the public on bullying issues; and to help teens, families, schools, and communities get the education and help they need to prevent bullying.

www.StopBullying.gov - Provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can recognize and stop bullying.

www.KidsHealth.org - Practical tips on the subject of bullying ranging. Topics include How can a parent help their child deal with teasing or bullying, Getting involved in your child's school, and Teaching kids not to bully.

www.ParentingBookmark.com - Web site offers information for parents and teachers on many topics, including bullying. This link provides a summary of parenting tips covered in the book: Parents Do Make A Difference: How to Raise Kids with Solid Character, Strong Minds, and Caring Hearts.

www.Education.com - Provides a large selection of articles and additional links on school bullying, cyberbullying, and parenting in the digital world.

Other Information

www.upworthy.com - Provides resources and postings about "things that matter" including the video about overcoming bullying titled, Bullies Called Him Pork Chop.

Effects of Bullying Last Into Adulthood, Study Finds (2/20/13 - NY Times)

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) went into effect on September 1, 2012.