Health & Wellness and Education at Oxbridge
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. My Sophomore English classes are reading The Freedom Writers Diary, the true story of how teacher Erin Gruwell and her students used writing as a catalyst for change. It became a perfect fit for our classes to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and collaborate with the Health and Wellness Department to provide resources for the Oxbridge community about how teenagers can prevent bullying. I am proud of my classes of teenage writers as they use the power of their words to change the world around them. Special thanks to Amy Jurskis, Kelly Prisco, and Rainey Wyatt for all of your help in making this project possible! Dr Jennifer Bird, English Teacher
- Quinn McKenna, Kate Maloney, Joseph Rubsamen, and Will Shields
- Hailey Pflaumer, Alex Robbins, Sarah Sadati
- Walker Stewart, Lucy Ream, Jasmine Ramsarup, Alex Bustabad
- Devin Kazazes, Luke Herman, LJ Harrison, Sofia Carbone, Nikki Berman
- Bella Petrizzi, Kalani Ilimaleota-Adams, Jillian Burrowes
- Sebastian Rupp, Jack Kaiser, Jack Kilian, Michael Brams, George Matthews, Connor Davies
- Dylan Holtzclaw, DJ Wells, Ellis Lee, Callie Zoeller
- AJ Cajuste, Liana Gavisia, Quindaris Burgess
- Nikki Giordano, Makenna Jenard, Gio Richardson
- Brandon Hudgins, James Meeks, Catlin Alea, Tyler Gretzula
- Trevor Honeycutt, Daniel Hutchinson, Noah Shulman, Jack Parry
- Alexa Zaph, Kyle Van Putten Vink, Antavious Lane, Juan Salinas-Bentley
- Jack Azulay, Sayge Chiquito, Christian Tomei
- Mary Duckworth, Taylor Race, Ryan Conforti, Rory Gibbs
- Jack Kilian, Cal Hoss, Christian Glenn
- Ariana Ruggiero, Ava Shmueli, Brittany Wilcox
- Dylan Green, Fella Hunter, Da’Quan Thomas, Jaden Meyer
- Sébastien Limbourg, Morgan Hunter, Klein Alexandre, Renato Brown
- Alexis Freeman, Maurice Limbourg, Grace Smith
Quinn McKenna, Kate Maloney, Joseph Rubsamen, and Will Shields
According to the United States Department of Justice, “one hundred and sixty thousand students per day do not attend school in fear of being bullied”(Frost). Those are just the students who reported it. That has to change! Overweight or obese children are the most susceptible to bullying. What do students need to do to stop or prevent bullying in their school? Standing up and supporting the victim of bullying is a key step to ending the cycle. In addition, teens can use their voices to raise awareness to the cause and educate people on the topic of bullying. Another thing teens can do is to tell a trusted authority who will be able to take matters in to their own hands and solve the problem. Lastly, we as a society need to create a safe environment so that everyone feels safe in their learning environment.
Frost, Jo. Bullying. 2015. 30 September 2015.
Hailey Pflaumer, Alex Robbins, Sarah Sadati
Being teenagers ourselves, we have experienced bullying and admit to bystanding firsthand. Here are some ways we can prevent bullying from occurring. If you see bullying happen, you should first try and step in and stop the situation from escalating. If stepping in yourself doesn’t work, go tell an authority figure. Also you can show compassion to the person that was being bullied so that their spirits are lifted. Another way you can help the cause is by standing up in your school and talking about the impacts of bullying and harms to teenagers. By doing this, you are able to get your community involved and help them recognize everyday bullying. This will lead others to follow in your footsteps and continue to inform their peers about the cause. Always remember not saying anything could make it worse for everyone. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, www.stopbullying.gov)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Prevention at school. 4 april 2014. 30 september 2016.
Walker Stewart, Lucy Ream, Jasmine Ramsarup, Alex Bustabad
Bullying is when people deliberately hurt someone mentally and physically. Bullying Statistics reports that one in four students are bullied regularly, and the United States Justice Department explains that one hundred and sixty thousand students do not attend school each day due to the fear of being bullied.
The US Department of Health and Human Services explains that bullying hinders students ability to learn. Bully Bust explains one way to stand up to bullying includes developing a prevention group with a teacher’s support. By developing a prevention program, teenagers will be able to support each other in a safe environment and come up with ways to minimize bullying.
One of the important ways to minimize bullying is to prevent people from being bystanders. Instead, teenagers should strive to become a role models by informing the bystanders that they are making the situation worst and contributing to the bullying.
Finally, Bully Bust continues to explain that it is crucial for teens to be friendly in order to prevent bullying. “Teens should work on establishing a culture of acceptance, tolerance, and respect.” (stopbullying.gov) They highlight three important ways teenagers can do this: being a friend to someone who is alone, welcoming new students, and getting your friends involved in preventing bullying. If teenagers aim to be good friends, role models, and encourage bystanders to stand up to bullying, bullying can be suppressed in our nation’s schools.
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US Department of Health and Home Services. what is bullying. 4 April 2014. 30 Setember 2016.
Devin Kazazes, Luke Herman, LJ Harrison, Sofia Carbone, and Nikki Berman
There are many things teenagers can do in order to prevent bullying throughout the nation. Teenagers should speak up, use your voice and make sure you take action against bullying. Bullying can be defined as someone superior or intimidating forcing someone to do what he or she wants. Identifying bullying is often difficult however if you realize you are involved in a situation where bullying is prevalent you must understand the following. It’s necessary to understand the following: you must call out the bullying to the attention of your peers and elders. Bring it to the attention of a school counselor. Even visiting online websites for anti bullying. Utilizing all of these resources can help prevent bullying and if we take it one step at a time we can change the world for the better.
US Department of Health. 15 April 2014. 30 September 2016.
Bella Petrizzi, Kalani Ilimaleota-Adams, and Jillian Burrowes
There are three types of bullying which are verbal, social, and physical. Examples of verbal bullying are name-calling or teasing. Social bullying (cyber bullying) is harassing someone online and physical bullying is physical abuse. Teens are at the age where they are mature enough to stand up for each other and know wrong from right. Everyone has a voice and wants to feel like they can express themselves without feeling uncomfortable. If you see someone being bullied or being a bully, tell an adult right away so they can prevent it from happening even more. This will not only help the bullied person, but also the bully can learn from his/her mistakes. Also, it prevents other people from being harassed by the same person. What you say online can be just as hurtful as in person. If someone is being cyber bullied, make sure to keep evidence of it so that you can support your reasoning. “Bullying does not only happen at school, it can happen anywhere”(U.S. Department of Health).
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2014, April 4). What is Bullying. Retrieved September 30, 2016, from Stopbulllying.gov: https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/inde...
Sebastian Rupp, Jack Kaiser, Jack Kilian, Michael Brams, George Matthews, Connor Davies
Bullying is an unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children than involves a real or perceived power and balance. In order to stop bullying we need to stop it before it starts. Not only is bullying a problem, there is also cyber bullying. “Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology”(Aspa. Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2016.) Social media is the biggest problem for cyber bullying. In order to stop cyber bullying don’t respond, keep evidence, and block the user. Threats are a big factor in bullying; how do people respond to threats?
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. stopbullying.gov. 4 april 2014. 30 september 2016.
Dylan Holtzclaw, DJ Wells, Ellis Lee, Callie Zoeller
What Teenagers Can Do to Prevent Bullying
“ Bullying is 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.“ States Stopbullying.gov. Bullying has three types to it, Verbal, Social, and Physical bullying. Bullying can be prevented by being more than a bystander, finding out what happened, telling someone or helping out on your own to one another that’s being bullied. Bullying can lead to many factors and those may be “depressed or anxious, have low self esteem, be less involved in school, be easily pressured by peers, or not identify with the emotions or feelings of others.” A statement also from Stopbullying.gov. Many cases of cyber bullying could be solved by parents monitoring what their children say to others or by what they post online.
US Department of Health and Human Services. Bullying Definition. 4 April 2014. 30 September 2016.
US Department of Health and Human Services. Risk factors. 4 April 2014. 30 September 2016.
AJ Cajuste, Liana Gavisia, Quindaris Burgess
One out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year. (National center for educational statistics, 2015) Take action if you see someone getting bullied, stop it. Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment; sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression. (Center for disease control, 2015) Everyone wants to believe that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” but for some children, adults, and teens that’s not true. Reason is why is because some words can more physical than others. (Center for Disease Control) (Center for Disease Control)19.6% of high school students in the US report being bullied at school in the past year. 14.8% reported being bullied online. (Center for disease control, 2014)
Center for Disease Control. Tips to Stop Bullying. 2014. 29 September 2016. <(http://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-bullying) >.
Nikki Giordano, Makenna Jenard, Gio Richardson
Want to know how to prevent bullying? Speak up, if you’re at risk of harming yourself or hurting others. The best way to handle bullying is to stop it before it starts. If you are witnessing bulling happening in your community you need to take action. In ways such as, start an anti-bullying pledge. Teach others around you how to prevent bullying and teaching them what they should do if they are being bullied. (Www.stopbullying.gov/what-you-can-do/) (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human. What You Can Do. 21 June 2001. 29 September 2016. <stopbullying.gov/what-you-can-do/>.
Brandon Hudgins, James Meeks, Catlin Alea, and Tyler Gretzula
Prevent Teen Bullying
- Encourage kids to talk to adults about being bullied or if they see someone being bullied www.stopbullying.gov
- Talk to friends
- Stand up for your friends about bullying
- Have school assemblies about bullying
- A lot of people are being bullied because of their race, religion.
Bullying is a subject that is in every school. Teens can be bullied for their race, religion, if they’re gay or lesbian. If you see your friend getting bullied you should talk to them and let them know they can talk to you. Encourage all type of kids to talk to adults if they see someone or are being bullied. (www.stopbullying.gov) School assemblies can help kids know what to do in those situations. Make everyone that is feeling bullied safe and heard.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. What Is Bullying. 21 June 2001. 29 September 2016.
Trevor Honeycutt, Daniel Hutchinson, Noah Shulman, Jack Parry
Bullying can come in many forms, bullying can be as innocent as accidently leaving someone out to a serious as a fistfight. Forms of bullying include name-calling, spreading rumors, and leaving people out. Even it the person isn’t present, spreading rumors behind someone’s back is still bullying (cartoonnetwork.com/ stop-bullying). According to the APA, “Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength.” If you witness someone being bullied, be kind to the kid being bullied, reaffirm their beliefs, don’t join in and don’t spread rumors. Encourage person being bullied to tell an adult. (girlshealth.gov) If you are being bulled, show mental strength without getting in the bully’s face, assert yourself speak with confidence look, and look the bully directly in the eye. If bullying persists, someone should tell a trustworthy adult including your parents and teachers. (Signe Whitson huffingtonpost.com). Bullies live on attention, if we all ignore bullies, we would see a decline in bullying. If everyone could stand up and reject bullies, bullying could come to an end.
American Psychological Association. Bullying. 2016. 13 September 2016.
Cartoon Network. What is Bullying? 2016. 13 September 2016.
Office on Women´s Health. Bullying. 15 April 2014. 13 September 2016.
Whitson, Signe. 4 Rules to Help Kids Stand Up to Bullying in Schools. 02 November 2014. 13 September 2016.
Alexa Zaph, Kyle Van Putten Vink, Antavious Lane, Juan Salinas-Bentley
Approximately 17% of teenagers are bullied a year. Even though 17% isn’t that high of a number, it shouldn’t be a number at all. Our goal should be not to have bullying. There are so many ways you can prevent bullying from happening. You can stick up for the person who is getting bullied, tell a teacher or someone you feel safe talking to, don’t seek revenge and DON’T BE A BYSTANDER. The only reason teenagers get bullied is because they’re different. But here’s what the bullies don’t know… it’s good to be different.
BIBLIOGRAPHY Do something. 11 facts about bullying . 2014. 2016 <https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-bullying>.
Jack Azulay, Sayge Chiquito, Christian Tomei
Bullying is an act of forceful or aggressive behavior towards someone. It goes on just about anywhere you go and preventing it can be difficult. Teenagers get bullied everyday at school and there are bystanders who just watch and take videos that get posted on snap chat, Instagram, etc. A couple of effective ways to help stop bullying is taking action and speak up. Some people choose to help by starting anti-bullying clubs or programs to prevent it. By doing that, they are raising awareness at their school. You could also hang posters around campus. It’s not right to tease someone else because of what’s going on in your personal life, but some people do anyways. One of the most effective ways to stop bullying people and take action when it’s happening right then and there. If you just let the situation continue it can go on longer and it can get out of hand. If you take the situation to a teacher or a parent you are taking control, and helping.
Health, Office on Womans. Bullying. 30 September 2014. 29 September 2016.
Mary Duckworth, Taylor Race, Ryan Conforti, Rory Gibbs
Bullying occurs everyday across the country. Bullying is described as using one’s influence or superior strength to intimidate someone else. Two of the main types of bullying are emotional and physical. Emotional bullying is bad because it breaks peoples emotions down and makes them feel less valued then anybody should. Physical bullying is different in many ways, but it affects people and hurts people in the same ways. Bullying is vicious thing that affects many children everyday. It is a known fact that one in four kids is bullied everyday. There are many anti-bullying campaigns that help out kids that are bullied, but all the work they do is not enough. People that are bullied are feeling left out, and if we intermingle with everybody and increase diversity it will help more people feel valued. There are many ways to help stop bullying, but the best way is to be nice to everybody and make sure no one is left out. If everybody comes together and becomes friendly members of society bullying will almost completely be stopped.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . Prevent Bullying>Prevention at School. 4 april 2014. Stopbullying.gov. 29 september 2016.
Jack Kilian, Cal Hoss, Christian Glenn
Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior to intimidate or subject a person to hostility or ill treatment. Kids everyday cry themselves to sleep and are even afraid to go to school because of bullies who do not leave them alone. The three types of bullying are verbal, social, and/or physical. Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things to someone or a group. This includes teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, threatening to cause harm. Social bullying is sometimes referred as relational bullying, involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships. Types of Social bullying is leaving someone out on purpose, telling other people not to be friends with a someone, spreading rumors about someone, embarrassing someone in pubic. Physical bullying involves hurting a person's body or possessions. Forms of Physical bullying are hitting/kicking/pinching, spitting, tripping/pushing, making mean or rude hand gestures. There is a difference between teasing and bullying. Ways to prevent bullying are to stand up for people who are being bullied, take a anti-bullying pledge, take action, talk to other kids, talk to your teachers or principle, talk to your parents, speak/write up.
Office on Womens Health. Bullying. 30 September 2014.
US Department of Health and Human Services. what is cyber bullying. 2013. 29 September 2016.
Ariana Ruggiero, Ava Shmueli, Brittany Wilcox
There are many different ways that teenagers can change the way of bullying. According to “Dictionary.com’ bullying means a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. Different ways that people can help prevent bullying are, according to Kelli Mahoney”, Sometimes all we can do is be there to support friends who are being bullied, and other times we can get out in the public and bring awareness to the issue.” Another way of preventing bullying would be getting into clubs that different opinions could be shared among others.
Mahoney,Kelli. What Teens Can Do To Prevent Bullying. 2016 .
Dylan Green, Fella Hunter, Da’Quan Thomas, Jaden Meyer
As a teenager there are many different ways people can stop bullying. Sometimes when people are getting bullied it is not obvious and if someone speaks out it could help. Everyone, no matter what size or what they look like could help people. Parents, teachers, cops, any adult could help someone getting bullied. Sometimes just teasing can turn into bullying without the person knowing. A person could be ruining someone’s life not even knowing. This is why we need to stop bullying. Most people getting bullied are teenagers by other teenagers. If someone was getting bullied it is likely that other people would know but wouldn’t want to speak out, many people are scared or don’t know better to speak out. Some people might get bullied if they try speaking out. If you know you should speak out and it would definitely help someone’s life.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. bullying definition . 4 April 2014. 29 september 2016.
Sébastien Limbourg, Morgan Hunter, Klein Alexandre, Renato Brown
“SPEAK UP: If you feel uncomfortable with the comments or actions of someone… tell someone! It is better to let a trusted adult know, than to let the problem continue.”- Stop Bullying.Gov
Students could help stop bullying by becoming friendlier to others and try to include others in any social event or in school activity. They should be open to others and should not make fun of someone’s appearance or what they do with their free time. Students should also not make fun of someone who has had an accident that was embarrassing. “One great way to help prevent bullying is to not be bullies ourselves. We need to be role models to others and show how to properly treat others. We need to be examples of how to be respectful and kind, even when we don't really like another person. We need to stand up for those that can't stand up for themselves. We should lead the way in showing that being kind is far more important than trying to prove we're better than others.”- About.com
Mahoney, Kelli. What Teens Can Do to Prevent Bullying. 2016. 29 september 2016.
Stop Bullying What You Can Do Teens. n.d. 2016.
Alexis Freeman, Maurice Limbourg, and Grace Smith
Bullying is a significant issue. Bullying is the act of physically, mentally, and emotionally hurting someone. Kids of all ages suffer with or have experienced somewhat of bullying. According to dosomething.org, “over 3.2 millions students are victims of bullying each year.” (By Age…) One in four teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and think its just teasing. Many students and children in America by the age of fourteen will not talk to their peers or family about bullying (By Age…). When kids see bullying, they may not know what to do. They may stand up to the bully, or they could be silent and less active in school to not get bullied themselves. There is a way to end the trauma in students, you can stand up to any bully or tell an adult about the issue. You can ask the victim how they feel and comfort them, become their friend. It is also essential to ask the bully how they feel and they’re side, why they would do it, to help them.
By Age 14 Less than 30% of Boys and 40% of Girls Will Talk to Their Peers about Bullying. "11 Facts About Bullying." DoSomething.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2016.
do something . 11 facts about bullying. 29 september 2016.