Every student has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others. Scottsdale Unified School District and its Governing Board are committed to provide a learning environment that is free from harassment or bullying in any form.
- Providing information and continuous training for its administrators and staff members through regular meetings to ensure that they understand the policy and its importance.
- Making all faculty members, staff members, students, and parents aware of this policy and the commitment of the District toward its strict enforcement.
- Remaining watchful for conditions that create or may lead to a hostile or offensive school environment.
- Establishing programs and practices designed to create a school and working environment free from discrimination and harassment.
I am pleased to announce that our Scottsdale Leadership project team (Class XXV) has created a cyber bullying curriculum for Middle School students. The curriculum is designed to teach three effective bystander strategies; we call them the 3 R's. We want to share these specific strategies with parents so that they can be practiced and reinforced at home.
Why focus on bystanders?
Research suggests that if bystanders or witnesses are taught to properly intervene, they can stop bullying 50 percent of the time in less than 10 seconds. Pretty powerful, right? Also, kids are the ones on the frontline; bystanders are typically the first to witness acts of bullying. Many kids are reluctant to tell adults for fear of making it worse or shame in not being able to handle it.
Bystander Strategies: The 3 R's
Recognize Bullying and Cyber bullying
- Teach kids to recognize what bullying and cyber bullying is and when it is likely to happen
- To not accept bad behavior as normal
- To identify various types of bullying
- Teach kids direct ways to stand up to bullying when they witness it
- To reach out to support kids that have been bullied after the fact (more indirect strategies)
- Let them know they are not alone
- Tell a trusted adult (i.e., a parent, counselor, teacher, or administrator)
- Report cyber bullying directly to the sites where it occurred
- Block any offenders
- Don't pass on mean or offensive messages or posts
- Keep record of offensive texts or posts
- Bullying Incident Complaint/Harassment Report Form
Please practice the 3 R bystander strategies with your child. Below are two role-play scenarios for you to get started.
- A mother is walking by her son while he is on the computer and notices that he keeps hiding the screen when she walks by. Upon further observation, the mother sees that he is reading a thread of offensive, derogatory remarks about another student.
- A new girl moves to your child's school and one of the current students becomes jealous of her and creates a hateful website intended to make fun of her. She asks your child and all of her friends to join.