What is Bullying?
The government website, StopBullying.com, defines bullying as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
The Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the State University of New York at Buffalo has developed an information sheet for parents addressing frequently asked questions about bullying.
Flyer on Bullying Abuse Prevention
Barbara Coloroso, an internationally recognized speaker, author and consultant school discipline and bullying, visited Williamsville in 2012 and shared the following site about bullying:
Williamsville CSD Resources:
District Code of Conduct
What is Cyberbullying?
According to StopBullying.gov, cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Learn more how you can help protect children online by visiting our webpage about Internet Safety.
Cyberbullying Amendment to DASA
The New York State Legislature passed an amendment to the Dignity for All Students Act to specifically address cyberbullying not only within schools but also incidents that occur off school property that could "foreseeably disrupt" the school environment. This amendment takes effect July 1, 2013 and will make New York one of only 15 states that have included the terminology of "cyberbullying" in legislation about bullying.