Resources and information for parents regarding anti - bullying information, cyber safety and responsible technology use. Use this as a helpful guide to learn and start conversations with your children at home. 

Raising Upstanders

What are "Upstanders"? 
St. Mark School is committed to having a community of children, families, teachers and volunteers that look out for one another and set socially responsible examples for others. Please see the attachment for some of our first steps to developing our community of Upstanders, a core step to our bullying prevention efforts. 
An Upstander is someone who stands up to bullying. They help those being victimized, treat everyone with respect and kindness.
https://stmarkbristol.org/documents/Upstander Week 1.pdf

Fill out the St. Mark Upstander Pledge: 
https://stmarkbristol.org/documents/Upstander Pledge.pdf

Understanding Bullying

Do You Bully? An excercise to share with your children and encourage conversations in the home. 
https://stmarkbristol.org/documents/kab-do-you-bully.pdf

Think the person bullying is the big, tough kid on the playground who pushes everyone around? Could be, but it can also be the cheerleader, the student council member, or the quiet kid. A lot of times, people think that appearance defines someone who bullies, but you can’t tell who bullies just by looking at them. Students who bully can be any size, age, gender or grade.

The answer: It’s their BEHAVIOR. It’s bullying when someone uses words or action to hurt or harm someone else and that person has a hard time defending themselves.
Sometimes kids who bully might think that it’s cool, fun or just “no big deal”, but think about it — what is cool or fun about hurting someone? Name calling, tripping someone, laughing at them, leaving them out, ignoring them on purpose—how can hurting someone possibly be “no big deal?”
If kids think about why they are bullying, they can then deal with those reasons and change their behavior. You want cool? Now that’s cool.
Sourced from: https://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/do-you-bully/

Cyber-bullying and Resources for Responsible Technology Use

Many of our children are playing online games with each other more often during this pandemic. Your child/ren are now introduced to a new way of interaction at rates unfamiliar to most. They are talking with their friends on new platforms and also potentially being introduced to others that have no connection to your child/ren aside from the game or device they are playing. This link provides an introduction to the different types of gaming available, support for setting limits to time and access: 
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0270-kids-parents-and-video-games

Remind Kids that Online Actions Have Consequences
The words kids write and the images they post have consequences offline.
Kids should post only what they’re comfortable with others seeing.
Some of your child's profile may be seen by a broader audience than you — or they — are comfortable with, even if privacy settings are high. Encourage your child to think about the language they use online, and to think before posting pictures and videos, or altering photos posted by someone else. Employers, college admissions officers, coaches, teachers, and the police may view your child's posts.
Remind kids that once they post it, they can't take it back.
Even if you delete the information from a site, you have little control over older versions that may exist on other people's computers and may circulate online.
Tell your kids not to impersonate someone else.
Let your kids know that it's wrong to create sites, pages, or posts that seem to come from someone else, like a teacher, a classmate, or someone they made up.
Tell Kids to Limit What They Share
Help your kids understand what information should stay private.
Tell your kids why it's important to keep some things — about themselves, family members, and friends — to themselves. Information like their Social Security number, street address, phone number, and family financial information — say, bank account or credit card numbers — is private and should stay that way.
Taken from: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0012-kids-and-socializing-online

If you're interested in additional reading, these are good supplemental readings as well. The sites offer brief outlines of important factors to consider when allowing your child/ren additional freedoms online:
https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/cyberbullying.html
https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus/keeping-children-safe-online
 
Cyberbullying and internet safety is not exclusive to computer use! Many children have cell phones and similar conversations and monitoring is recommended to maintain phone safety:
https://www.scholastic.com/parents/family-life/social-emotional-learning/technology-and-kids/10-tips-cell-phone-safety.html
 https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/2011-sexting.html?WT.ac=p-ra#cathouse
 
Technology and our children having access to the world wide web opens our youth to a new world of possibilities and connections, but also a host of new vulnerabilities. While this focus has been on cyberbullying and maintaining our children’s mental health, growing confident and responsible citizens. There are many other considerations for children being active in an online community, such as risk to privacy, identity theft potential, and the vulnerability of exposure to child predators or sex-trafficking. This link is a great guide for many of the items noted above: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/protecting-kids-online

Bark Blog

https://www.bark.us/blog/
Sign up for the bark family connected blog for helpful articles on creating safe internet practices for your children. 

Local Resources

The Peace Center

https://www.thepeacecenter.org/
The Peace Center is located in Langhorne PA and offers a wide range of programs and classes to deal with bullying, racism, prevent violence and foster diversity and inclusion. 

Nova Bucks

http://www.novabucks.org/
NOVA Bucks works to prevent violence in the community through advocacy and training, community education and prevention programs. 

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