On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the McLane Room in the Fond du Lac Public Library, a workshop on how to respond to bullying for community organizations and service providers will be offered by the Comprehensive Service Integration (CSI) Grant Project. This workshop will focus on establishing procedures for receiving reports of bullying, developing strategies to support all youth involved in a bullying incident, and creating intervention procedures to use after an incident of bullying. Parents, teachers and school staff, and community members that work with youth are encouraged to attend.
Bullying is intentional and persistent aggressive behavior that is meant to cause harm to or distress for another person, is repeated over time, and involves a real or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying may take on a variety of forms, including physical, verbal, or indirect and may occur in person or through the use of technology. Bullying is no longer viewed as something that only happens at school. Communities across the United States are educating adults about bullying prevention and intervention in all settings where children and youth gather, including schools, after-school programs, daycares, churches and youth-serving organizations.
Local mental health professionals want to remind adults that it is not only the youth being bullied that need the support of a trusted adult after bullying has occurred. "All adults in the community that work with children and families have a responsibility to create a safe environment for all youth," stated Becky Holzman, Fond du Lac County Department of Community Programs deputy program director. "As soon as adults become aware of bullying, either by observing or receiving a report, we want to make sure they are supporting all youth involved in bullying incidents, whether they are being bullied, observing bullying, or exhibiting bullying behaviors," Holzman added.
The federal government site dedicated to bullying prevention - www.stopbullying.gov offers the following suggestions:
? Talk with youth being bullied about what they can do next time; practice what they will say and who they can tell.
? Discuss ways that youth that observe bullying can safely intervene, such as "You need to stop; this is bullying."
? For a youth with bullying behaviors, adults can teach and model empathy and positive social skills while still holding them accountable for problem behaviors.
To register for the workshop, visit the CSI Website at www.csifdl.org by Friday, March 15. There is also additional information on bullying at this site.
If you have a concern about a child being bullied, bullying others, or witnessing bullying, talk to a teacher, principal, or school counselor at your child's school or contact a local mental health professional using the "Accessing Mental Health Services in the Fond du Lac Community" guide found at www.csifdl.org
Locally, the Comprehensive Service Integration (CSI) Grant Project is working to improve school safety and reducing violence. With the support of Fond du Lac and North Fond du Lac School Districts and community partners, CSI is families, schools, and community working together to support children as they grow.
For more information, please visit the CSI Website www.csifdl.org