MINERS ANTI-BULLY CAMPAIGN

The Miners and Peoples National Bank have partnered together for the Miners Anti-Bully Campaign. Bullying has become a major problem with youth today and the Miners have put together a presentation to help eliminate bullying in schools in Southern Illinois. The Miners have put together a 30 minute presentation that they will take out into the community and present during school assemblies in the coming year.

What is Bullying?

Dan Olweus, creator of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, provides this commonly accepted definition for bullying in his book, Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do:

“A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.”

This definition includes three important components:

1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.

Types of Bullying

Bullying can take on many forms. As part of the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire, students are asked if they have been bullied in any of these nine ways:

1. Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and bad names
2. Bullying through social exclusion or isolation
3. Physical bullying such as hitting, kicking, shoving, and spitting
4. Bullying through lies and false rumors
5. Having money or other things taken or damaged by students who bully
6. Being threatened or being forced to do things by students who bully
7. Racial bullying
8. Sexual bullying
9. Cyber bullying (via cell phone or Internet) Learn more

Why Students Bully

Information about bullying suggests that there are three interrelated reasons why students bully.

1. Students who bully have strong needs for power and (negative) dominance.
2. Students who bully find satisfaction in causing injury and suffering to other
students.
3. Students who bully are often rewarded in some way for their behavior with
material or psychological rewards.

Bullying is a Serious Issue

Bullying may vary greatly between schools and school districts, but it is very prevalent:

  • Statistics show that 23 percent of students in grades 4-6 had been bullied “several times” or more; 20 percent had bullied others (1998 study of 6,500 students in rural South Carolina)
  • Statistics show that 17 percent of students in grades 6-10 reported having been bullied “sometimes” or more, with 8 percent being bullied once a week. 19 percent said they had been a bully to others “sometimes” or more. (2001 study of 15,000 U.S. students)

THE FIRST BULLY BUSTER TIP IS…

TIP #1: “Do not Bully back or fight back”

Never stoop to the Bullies level and fight back or Bully back ok?!?

TIP #2: “Talk to a Trusted Adult”

One of the best things you can do is talk to an adult if you or someone you know has a bullying problem.  That adult could be your parents, a teacher, a counselor, the principal, or any trusted adult.  They will be able to help you resolve the problem.

TIP #3: “Support the Bully Target and not the Bully”

By supporting the Bully’s behavior they were being just as mean as the bully.  Just think about how you would feel if that was happening to you.

TIP #4: Stick with your Buddies

Bullies tend to like to single people out.  One of the best ways to deal with bullies is to stick with a group of friends or step in and help someone so they are not alone.

BULLY BUSTER PLEDGE

I pledge not to Bully or be mean
Not one bit
I pledge to my friends who need me
Not  to sit
We will stick together
And help each other out
Because friendship will win
Without a doubt
If I am bullied, I know it’s not my fault
And if there is Bullying TELL AN ADULT!!!

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Attention Educators: If you would like the Miners to come to your school please contact the Miners Box Office at 618-998-8499.