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Bullying

Hesperia Unified School District’s Bullying Prevention Rules

  1. We will not bully others
  2. We will help students who are being bullied
  3. We will include students who are left out
  4. We will tell an adult/employee at school or home, if we know someone is being bullied.

As a parent we are asking you to review these rules with your child and encourage him/her to support and follow the rules.

WHAT IS BULLYING?

Bullying is when someone purposefully says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending themselves.

School Staff and our School Police are trained in understanding bullying. We are dedicated to bully prevention as well as providing resources to help parents with each unique bullying situation.

“Our goal is to continue to maintain a positive and safe environment for our children to obtain an education. School is fun and we want our children to enjoy attending school. Our school police department and all of our 25 school sites have resources available for parents and students who have been victims of bullying and/or need corrective means to stop bullying. Please visit our website or contact us with any questions.” - Steve Hinojos, HUSD School Police Chief

SOCIAL MEDIA/CYBER-BULLYING

One of the most common forms of conflict we are seeing today is social media related. All children/students have electronic devices. There are numerous phone applications that are being used for students to communicate. With this type of communication comes Cyber-Bullying.

PARENTS SHOULD BE:

  • Monitoring your child’s electronic devices
  • Communicating with your child and asking questions about applications
  • Verifying you have your child’s usernames and passwords
  • Discussing these apps with your child
  • Communicating with school staff or school police with any additional questions 

IS MY CHILD A BULLY?

Factors parents should be looking for:

Three Key Components of Bullying Behavior

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Significant incident(s) or patterns of incidents
  • Imbalance of power or strength

Effects of Being Bullied

  • Lower self-esteem
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Absenteeism and low school achievement
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicidal behavior

Why do some students bully?

  • Strong need for power (Enjoy being in control and subduing others)
  • Satisfaction in causing injury and suffering
  • Often rewarded in some way for their behavior (Forcing victim to give them money or steal from them)
  • Enjoy the attention, status and prestige

WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A PARENT?

  1. Talk to your child/ Communicate
  2. Ask them if they’re being bullied
  3. Ask if they know anyone who is being bullied
  4. Watch for changes in your child’s behavior that may indicate an incident has occurred
  5. Encourage your child to seek help from school employees or school police
  6. Report incidents to teachers, officers, administrators, proctors
  7. STAY INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILD’S LIFE

THE EFFECTS OF BULLYING

In the short term: Anger, depressions, anxious avoidance of settings in which bullying may occur, greater incidence of illness, lower grades than non-bullied peers, suicidal thoughts and feelings

In the long term: Reduced occupational opportunities, lingering feelings of anger and bitterness, desire for revenge, difficulty trusting people, interpersonal difficulties, increased tendency to be a loner, overly sensitive, self-esteem problems and increased incidents of continued bullying and victimizations

Additional Resources

https://www.stopcyberbullying.org/

https://www.stopbullying.gov/

https://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/

https://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/

https://www.thebullyproject.com/

Anti-Bullying Pamphlet - Eng (PDF)

Anti-Bullying Pamphlet - Span (PDF)