DCSD Anti-Bullying/Harassment Policy & Prevention Resources
Davenport Community School District
- DCSD Anti-Bullying/Harassment Policy 504.10 http://www.davenportschools.org/school-board/school-board-policies-district-administrative-regulations/504-discipline-and-behavior/#ten
- DCSD Be Bully Smart Campaign http://www.davenportschools.org/2012/08/08/be-bully-smart-campaign-wins-awards/
- DCSD Be Bully Smart Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/bullysmart?ref=ts&fref=ts
- DCSD Olweus Bullying Prevention Program http://www.davenportschools.org/parent-and-student-resources/student-supports-social/olweus-bullying-prevention-program/
- 2014-2015 Annual Anti-Bullying Anti-Harassment Public Statement As we begin a new school year, the District’s Board of Education and Superintendent wish to remind District students, parents/guardians, staff, and volunteers that harassment and bullying of students is against the law and District policy. The District will not tolerate harassment or bullying of students based on the student’s actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including: age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, familial status, or any other trait or characteristic protected by law. Any student who believes he or she has been subject to harassment, bullying or a hostile environment based on one or more of the characteristics noted above— whether such harassment, bullying or hostile environment is created by a fellow student, school employee, parent/guardian, or volunteer—is encouraged to report the conduct to the building principal or associate principal first and if still concerned please contact Dr. Erica Goldstone, Director of Equity and Student Support at 563-336-3805. A complaint form can be obtained from any school office, district website www.davenportschools.org/equity or from the Achievement Service Center (ASC). The District has a policy in place (Board Policy 504.10) to address complaints regarding harassment, bullying and hostile environment, and is committed to conducting a prompt investigation into any complaints it receives.
Harassment, Bullying, and Hazing – Due to hate and bias related laws and crimes in Iowa, it is important that discipline policies in student and staff publications make it clear that harassment of students because of age (actual or perceived), color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status will not be tolerated. Harassment Policy Students: Board Policy 504.07, Anti-Bullying/Harassment Policy: Students Board Policy 504.10
A family.ca ad for bullying.org that recognizes the power of positive bystanders. (Uploaded on Aug 13, 2008)
Bullying.org provides educational programs and resources to help individuals, families, educational institutions and organizations deal effectively and positively with the act of bullying. Its mission is to increase awareness of bullying and to prevent, resolve, and eliminate bullying in society.
Cyberbullying: Doing Something about It, Lawfully
This document by Carol Greta, Iowa Dept. of Education attorney, addresses the legal aspects of cyberbullying. The document addresses when a school may discipline the cyberbully, and steps that must be taken by school officials even in situations where the school cannot lawfully punish the cyberbully.
Cyberbullying Research Center
The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. This fact sheet provides a brief review of state cyberbullying laws and policies. (Updated January 2012) Definition: Cyberbullying is when someone intentionally and repeatedly harasses, mistreats, or makes fun of another person online or while using cell phones or other electronic devices.
Guide to Bullying Prevention
A how-to-guide on bullying prevention for parents.
Hinduja, Sameer. A Sage Podcast.
This podcast features Dr. Hinduja with fellow social scientists Robert Agnew, Carter Hay, and Paul Mazerolle to chat about the relationship between the sociological concept of strain, traditional bullying, and cyberbullying. (27 min.; March 1, 2010)
Hinduja, Sameer and Justin W. Patchin. Sexting: A Brief Guide for Educators & Parents
A fact sheet disseminated by the Cyberbullying Research Center which provides parents and educators research information about sexting and the legal implications for youth. Sexting is defined as “the sending or receiving of sexually-explicit or sexually-suggestive images or video via a cell phone.”
Iowa Dept. of Education Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment
Iowa Dept. of Education provides information about the state’s anti-bullying/anti-harassment policies and laws (Iowa Code section 280.28). The law was enacted primarily to protect students who are the targets of bullying behavior.
Iowa Youth Survey
IYS is a youth survey that is completed every two or three years with students in grades 6, 8, and 11 attending Iowa public and private schools. IYS includes questions about students’ behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs, as well as their perceptions of peer, family, school, neighborhood, and community environments.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VEY-us; the E sounds like a long A) is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary through high school. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school.
Operation Respect. Don’t Laugh at Me by Peter Yarrow
Operation Respect is a non-profit organization working to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence. Founded by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the organization disseminates educational resources that are designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict upon each other by behaviors such as ridicule, bullying and-in extreme cases-violence.
Pathin, Justin W. The Joy Cardin Show. Wisconsin Public Radio
In this podcast interview with host Joy Cardin, Dr. Patchin covers nuances of cyberbullying and emotional, psychological, physical, and behavioral outcomes that are often triggered in response. He delineates strategies that can be implemented at home and school to stem the tide of this growing problem. (44 min.; April 20, 2010)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services outlines Iowa’s anti-bullying law and policy.
Stop Bullying Now
Stop Bullying Now provides practical research-based strategies for reducing bullying in schools.
Student Video. What is Cyberbullying?
Students at the Joyanne Miller School in Egg Harbor Township created a series of student-made public service announcements on bullying. This video is called “What is Cyberbullying?” (Uploaded on Mar 17, 2011)
Wiser, Mike. “Experts Press for Cyberbullying Definition in Iowa Law.” Sioux City Journal, Nov. 25, 2012.
This article reviews Iowa’s anti-bullying policy and the need for using the word “cyberbullying” in its policy.