Kevin Kelly hosted a LIVE Twitter Town Hall in May. The event included students, experts from LRSD, even the Attorney General's Office. During the Town Hall, experts answered questions about bullying, showed ways to stop it and where to go to get help.
We are asking you, the viewer, to sign up and take our "Step-Up, Stop Bullying" pledge.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
There are three types of bullying:
Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like on the playground or the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth's neighborhood, or on the Internet.
There are two sources of federally collected data on youth bullying:
*Information from stopbullying.gov
I pledge to be a part of the solution rather than contribute to the problem. I pledge to Step Up and Stop Bullying in my school and neighborhood.
What term is used in the Arkansas anti-bullying laws?Bullying. Harassment is covered separately.
Do these laws cover cyberbullying?Yes.
What groups are listed under Arkansas state law?The following groups are listed under Arkansas state law—although bullying is not limited to behaviors targeting these attributes:
Schools that receive federal funding are required by federal law to address discrimination on a number of different personal characteristics. Find out when bullying may be a civil rights violation.
Is there a state model policy I can use to create anti-bullying policies at my school or district?A state model policy is available at the Arkansas Department of Education.