Bullying – What is it?
Bullying is when a person targets another person with negative actions. This usually happens several times (more than once / week). Conflict is not always bullying. Conflict is normal in social relationships, bullying is unhealthy. Bullying is when there is an imbalance of power (a person cannot defend himself/herself).
Bullying is when the bully does not feel as sad or mad as the victim. What do students do? Conflict and bullying are best managed with students and their supervisors (lunchroom supervisors, education assistants, teachers, administrators) at
the school. Students are encouraged to talk with these supervisors to help resolve social problems.
Conflict is a natural product of human interaction. At our school, students from age 5-12 are learning how to work together and resolve differences in healthy and productive ways. Students are encouraged to state their ideas in positive ways and respect the ideas of others.
When conflict occurs, students need to handle it in the right way. Students are encouraged to think about Respect, Caring, and Responsibility when working with other people – especially when managing conflict.