Understanding, Preventing and Taking Action
Against Bullying in Indian Country

Unfortunately, bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents, and recent increases in frequency and severity have been highlighted in news stories from around the globe. Research indicates that half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% endure bullying on a regular basis.

Bullying has serious personal, relational and social consequences. It can interfere with social development, self-esteem and the school performance of everyone involved — perpetrators, victims and bystanders. Victims of bullying are also at increased risk for problems with anxiety and depression, and recent research shows that teens who are the victims of bullying are more likely to abuse tobacco, alcohol and drugs and to indulge in reckless sexual behavior. Some victims of repeated bullying even attempt suicide in an effort to escape the ongoing harassment.

Join our expert instructor for this hands-on, interactive class and learn how to identify bullies, victims and bystanders; implement effective interventions; and review successful programs and choose strategies that will work effectively in your tribal community.

You and your tribal community can’t afford to miss this class — register today.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
What is Bullying?
  • Defining the problem
  • The social context of bullying
  • When and why bullying behaviors happen
Types of Bullying
  • Verbal
  • Physical
  • Social/relational
  • Cyber-bullying
Identifying the Scope of the Problem
  • Gathering local information to determine the scope and severity in your community
  • Understanding bullying statistics:
    • Why is most bullying NOT reported?
Locating the Sources of the Problem
  • Identifying areas where bullying often goes undetected
  • Seeking out risk factors
  • Profiles of bullies and victims
Who is Involved?
  • Bullies
  • Victims
  • Bystanders
Effects of Bullying
  • Negative effects on the bully, the victim(s) and the bystanders:
    • Psychological
    • Social
    • Environmental
    • Cultural
    • Academic
Warning Signs
  • Signs and indicators of bullying
What You Can Do: Prevention and Intervention
  • Recommendations and strategies for bullying prevention
  • What to do when you see or hear bullying
  • Follow-up activities to maintain a culture of respect
Creating a Bully-Free Environment
  • Indentifying local and national resources already available
  • Developing a team approach, connections and support systems
  • Involving parents, elders and the community at large
  • Creating school and community prevention and intervention programs

*Topics subject to change.

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