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Give Your School Staff a 360 Degree View on Incidents of Bullying and other Safety Concerns image

A bullied student often has to deal with harassment in most or each of his or her classes. With BRIM anonymous bullying reporting, each teacher’s incident reports are combined into a single case so school staff have a complete view of the magnitude of the harassment. With this 360 view of the situation, you can take appropriate action on bullying cases. Instead of the aggressor receiving the same informal warning multiple times, you can schedule a parent teacher meeting or whatever your school’s best practices demand of the situation. Tackling bullying is not easy, but with BRIM anonymous bullying reporting the challenge becomes manageable. BRIM’s powerful analytics gives district administrators immediate, deep visibility into bullying at each of their schools. ...

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Cyberbullying Has Increased Since COVID-19 Shut Down Classroom Attendance image

BRIM has seen a rise in cyberbullying after many schools went virtual because of the virus. With so many students being stuck in their homes with boredom setting in there is additional time and opportunity for bad behaviors. With so many Internet social media forums there are almost limitless opportunities for targets and no fear of repercussions by bullies. Student targets of these bullies often do not seek help from their parents and suffer in silence especially with no personal access to school administrators or teachers during this lock-down. The BRIM anti-bullying software application is still available to students to report instances of cyberbullying and resolution can still be quickly achieved.

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Holiday Stress and Bullied Students image

The Holidays are usually thought of as a time of joy, peace and goodwill by most. Unfortunately, research has found that nearly 30% of middle school students have concerns in regard to returning to school after Holiday break due to bullying.  Bullied students become chronically absent students that cost schools millions of dollars. High school drop out rates most frequently occur after the school Holiday break with “classroom boredom” ranked as the number one reason followed closely by number two “being bullied” as the primary causes for leaving school before graduating.  A different study showed that 2 out of 10 high school students are bullied to such a degree that they won’t raise their hands to answer questions in class due to bullying and ridicule, ...

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Bullying and School Safety Issues: What Parents Should Know image

Bullying happens each and every day. In fact, one in three students has been bullied at school. And it can happen to children of any age — whether it’s at school, on the playground, or even on social media, bullying is a very real problem. Bullying can come in many forms, including physical, social, verbal, and cyberbullying. In today’s tech-savvy age, cyberbullying is extremely common and it’s, unfortunately, one of the hardest types of bullying to spot. So what should parents know about bullying? Let’s take a look at how parents can spot warning signs of bullying and what they should do about it. Warning Signs of Bullying The most important thing for parents to do is be able to ...

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10 Tips and Strategies for Addressing Incidents of Bullying image

The following post is intended to help principals address incidences of bullying. The below tips and strategies are not exhaustive and readers are encouraged develop their own best practice guides. More importantly, these suggestions do not replace policies, procedures, and guidelines put forth by local Districts and/or School Boards. This document uses the term bullying to encapsulate both traditional bullying and cyberbullying. When working with a perpetrator, target and/or bystander it is helpful to understand the individual’s lived experiences. Secondly, principals and school staff are expected to provide a safe learning environment for all. Listen, understand, validate When an individual reports an incident of bullying, provide space for them to speak and to be heard. It takes courage to report ...

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HIB Legislation for Schools – A Best Practice Guide image

Harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) legislation revolves around preventing, reporting, investigating and responding to incidents that occur on school grounds and off school grounds under specified circumstances. Laws were adopted, in part, in response research on the incidence, prevalence and effects of HIB that has emerged since the adoption of the original HIB law in 2002.  Some of the main states that specifically define HIB in their legislation include New Jersey and Washington.  While controversy exists whether such HIB laws and legislation actually reduce the number of incidents or improve things like school climate and safety, the laws are here to stay and its important to understand their implications.  It is becoming an important reality that schools must follow such laws or face ...

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Seth’s Law Aims at Preventing Bullying in California Schools image

Seth’s Law (AB 9) aims at strengthening existing state anti-bullying laws to help protect California public school students. Like many other state legislation enactments, Seth’s Law requires public schools in California to update their anti-bullying policies and programs.  The law focuses on protecting students who are bullied based on who they are.  Their sexual orientation,  gender identity as well as race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, and religion among others. Background of Seth’s Law Seth’s Law was named after Seth, a 13-year-old California student that tragically took his own life in 2010 after years of persistent anti-gay bullying.  The bill was first filed with the Secretary of State in 2011 and has been accepted and amended several times since. Discrimination Policy for ...

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Talking To Parents About Difficult Subjects: The Best Tips For Opening Up image

Most teens find it difficult to open up to anyone, let alone parents. When it comes to broaching certain subjects–bullying, drugs, bad decisions–no one wants to take that awkward step. The unavoidable truth, however, is that your parents are the very people you should talk to about those things. While you may think they’ll be unsupportive or jump to conclusions, it might not be as bad as you’re imagining. The only way to find out is to open up a little and lay the groundwork for a respectful, honest talk. One of the best ways to do this is to start opening up communication about small things. It’s tempting to go straight to your room when you get home from ...

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Ohio Lawmakers Introduce New Anti-bullying Legislation image

Much like other states across the country, Ohio’s public schools must enact policies that prohibit student harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB).  The law defines “harassment, intimidation and bullying” to be any intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act that one student has taken against another student more than one time.  The action must have resulted in either physical or mental harm.  The bullying must also be sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive.  The law’s aim is to protect children and prevent an environment that is threatening, intimidating or abusive for the victim. State Senator Sandra Williams of Cleveland wants to take Ohio’s anti-bullying laws farther.  She has introduced Senate Bills 196 and 197, which create an “aggravated bullying charge for juveniles.”  She’s sending a ...

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Mississippi Senate House Bill #263 Requires Anti-Bullying Training and Reporting image

Several state laws in Mississippi prohibit bullying or harassing behavior in Mississippi public schools.  SB 2015, passed in the regular session of 2010, addresses bullying by identifying it and requiring schools to define policies against bullying and harassment.  A more recent bill, Senate House Bill #263 aims to further strengthen anti-bullying measures.  The overall goal of the bill is to put in place mandatory training for school staff on bullying and suicide prevention and ensure proper reporting procedures are in place.  Legislatures wish to decrease the rate of suicide in youth and across the state of Mississippi which many professionals attribute to bullying and harassment within public schools.  The CDC put out a report on its research on the link between bullying and suicide. ...

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