Dunbar Bullying Prevention

DUNBAR ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
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Dunbar does not tolerate bullying or cyberbullying. Bullying and cyberbullying are frequent behaviors and experiences in high school but should not be considered "part of growing up."

Bullying occurs at every school but some schools pretend the problem doesn't exist. Dunbar confronts the problem head-on. As a high school school parent you should too.

WHAT IS BULLYING?

  • Bullying is a form of intimidation where someone belittles, threatens, or hurts someone else using name-calling, taunting, spreading rumors, gesturing, or by physically shoving, tripping, etc.
  • A disagreement between pals or a similar argument between equals is not bullying. Bullying occurs when students are in some way unequal, and one student is taking unfair advantage of a difference.
  • Example: A student taunts another student based on social status, popularity, body size, grade level, appearance, success in academics or sports, or some other perceived advantage.

WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING?

  • Electronic communications are part of modern life and are often part of a student's social development.
  • Cyberbullying means online intimidation using electronic communications such as e-mail, text and picture messaging, cell phone calls, video-chat, multiuser online gaming, and interacting at message boards and social networking sites like Twitter, Instagram.
  • Cyberbullying most often occurs off-campus, not during school hours. Cyberspace can be much like an extension of the school grounds. For that reason, it can affect students and school performance just like on-campus bullying.  

WHAT to do - If BULLYING occurs?

  • Take it seriously but remain calm.
  • Help your child understand that it's not their fault.
  • Keep a record of harassing messages.
  • Let school officials know.
  • Work with the school to address the problem. Contacting the bully's parents yourself can easily backfire.
  • Follow-up with your child and the school to see if the problem has reoccured.
  • Enforce online limits but resist the urge to remove online privileges or prohibit social interactions, both so students can continue their social development and so they will come to you when problems occur.

RESOURCES

If you or your child has been involved in a bullying incident please contact your school to report it.

DCPS Bullying Prevention Policy

www.Stopbullying.gov

osse.dc.gov/publication/osse-bullying-policy

www.childrensnational.org/advocacy/keyissues/bullying.aspx

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For any questions or concerns please contact Dr. McMillanDirector of Climate and Culture
demarcus.mcmillan@k12.dc.gov

202-698-3762
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