No MOre Bullying Program
Bullying and Sexual Harassment Prevention/Intervention
|Contact Ann Jarrett at 1-800-392-0236 for more information about the No MOre Bullying Program.
No “MO" Bullying was created because Missouri NEA members want to dramatically reduce bullying in Missouri's schools. Convincing research indicates this goal can best be achieved by fostering the active involvement of teachers, administrators, school support personnel, parents, students and the community. The school culture must evolve into one where bullying and harassment are not accepted by students, staff or parents.
As one of the world’s foremost anti-bullying experts, psychology professor Dan Olweus notes: “It now all boils down to a mater of will and involvement on the part of adults in deciding how much bullying will take place in our schools.” *
How does this program Work?
Changing school culture doesn’t happen overnight. It requires sustained commitment over time. Missouri NEA works with school-based committees to help them develop a school-wide plan to reduce bullying and sexual harassment. The Missouri NEA trainer joins two scheduled school leadership or other standing committee meetings by Skype or similar technology. The trainer works with the committee to identify what the school needs to add to its efforts in order to change the school culture and reduce bullying.
Missouri NEA will then do a 3-hour workshop with all school staff. The goal is to provide staff with skills and tools to address bullying, support targets, and engage bystanders to change the school culture. Staff will experience activities they can use to engage students and parents to reduce bulling and harassment. After the staff training, continued consulting is available as requested by the school committee.
Costs vary by distance, size of school and proportion of Missouri NEA members in a school, but are reasonable compared to most outside presenter fees. For more information, please contact Ann.Jarrett@mnea.org, or call her at 800-392-0236, ext. 625.
Is bullying a problem in your school?
Conduct a student survey using the instructions and survey questions below.
If you are a classroom teacher, this assignment should be easy to complete. If you do not have your own classroom, ask a teacher or two in your school if you can have some time with their class to complete this survey. The activity need not take more than 15-20 minutes. You should not do a school wide survey until your school has begun a plan to deal with survey results.
You may want to have a face-to-face discussion with the class and record the answers they give you on chart paper. Or, you may duplicate the questions on a sheet of paper and have the class fill it out. In this instance it is IMPORTANT to follow up with a brief discussion with the class. The trainers have found that workshop participants have been moved by the answers they receive in a face-to-face discussion with a class of students. In addition, the students learn something from listening to each other. However, you should avoid making promises of dramatic improvements or immediate changes. Your goal now is to listen. You will need to involve others before you will be able to effect real change.
Student Survey Questions
- What is a bully?
- Why do some people bully others?
- How do people feel when they are bullied?
- What can you do to stop a bully?
- What is sexual harassment? (for appropriate ages)
The damage this problem causes …
Bullying –Systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt and/or psychological distress on one or more students.
However it is defined, bullying is not just child’s play, but a terrifying experience many American school children face everyday. It can be as direct as teasing, hitting or threatening, or indirect as in exclusion, rumors or manipulation. During the past decade, bullying has become more lethal and has occurred more frequently than it had in the previous two decades. In our quest to provide the quality education that America’s children deserve, this problem can no longer be treated lightly.
Bullying can no longer be explained away, as some adults are inclined to do, as a normal part of growing up. Bullying has only harmful effects on the target, the perpetrator, and even the bystander. Many children in our nation’s schools are robbed of their opportunity to learn because they are bullied and victimized daily. Bullying exacts a terrible toll on children, and the scars can last a lifetime.
Damage to the target
Students who are targets of repeated bullying behavior can, and often do, experience extreme fear and stress:
- Fear of going to school
- Fear of using the school bathroom
- Fear of the bus ride to and from school
- Physical symptoms of illness
- Diminished ability to learn
Damage to the perpetrator
If bullying behaviors are allowed to continue, they can escalate into even more serious behavior, such as sexual harassment or criminal activity in higher grades and in adulthood.
- Boys identified as bullies in grades six to nine had one criminal conviction by age twenty-four, according to one study.
- Forty percent of those identified had three or more arrests by age thirty.
- Bullies, one study shows, are at even greater risk of suicide than their targets.
- Bullies often grow up to perpetuate family violence.
Damage to bystander
Bystanders can be deeply affected:
- Feeling anger and helplessness for not knowing what to do
- Nightmare about being next target
- Guilt for not taking action
- Fear of certain areas of school
- one person can make a difference
To learn about the difference one caring adult can make, explore NEA’s Bully-Free, It Starts with Me campaign at http://www.nea.org/home/neabullyfree.html. Find lots of resources there.
For more information, contact Ann Jarrett (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Becky Stewart (email@example.com) at (800) 392-0236.
* Olweus, Dan. (1993). Bullying at school. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
History of the MNEA NO "MO"re Bullying program
Members saw damaging effects from bullying and needed resources to help them eradicate bullying and sexual harassment in their schools. So, educators elected to the NEA Representative Assembly voted to allocate dues dollars to developing training for educators and materials to use with students. A national cadre of trainers was developed. One of the trainers was Chris Guinther, now serving as president of Missouri NEA. Guinther began bully-free training in Missouri in 2003. The MNEA Representative Assembly voted to fund a state cadre to provide low cost training for Missouri educators; thus, creating Missouri NEA's No MOre Bullying program. No MOre Bullying has trained thousands of educators since 2004.
In 2007, Education Solutions Global Network and MNEA produced a 94-minute video on MNEA’s No MOre Bullying program. ESGN is affiliated with the Missouri School Board Association. The video is available through MNEA.