October is National Bully Prevention month. Teachers at each of our schools use Second Steps curriculum to students to provide them the education and tools to respond to bullying when it occurs and how to support others. Additionally, Common Sense Media is utilized to teach students digital citizenship. Some of the topics included in this education are Internet safety, privacy and security, digital footprints, relationships and communication, and information literacy.
Parents have incomparable influence over preventing and addressing cyberbullying that may transpire over social media and text messaging. It is important for parents to facilitate discussions with their children about this topic and set clear expectations for technology use.
Here are some things you can do if your child is being cyberbullied:
- Make sure your child knows they can come to you to listen and support them without over-reacting and taking away their technology
- Set security and privacy standards with your child
- Monitor your child's technology use
- Work with your child to determine the appropriate action
- Block and report the child who is bullying
- If you have a relationship with the other parent, let them know
- Notify school administration
- Save the evidence
- Consider counseling for your child
The KnowBullying app created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a useful tool for parents to learn tips and conversation starters to help you prevent bullying or support your child to be safe from bullying.
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Help us Congratulate Dr. Gold
The California Association of School Psychologists is celebrating Dr. Allan Gold with the Outstanding Psychologist Award. Dr. Gold has provided 41 years of dedicated and inspired service to students and families of the RUSD community. His expertise and unparalleled support has made a significant impact on the health and well-being of our students and their success in school.