Cazenovia As the problem of bullying grows in classrooms and Internet chatrooms nationwide, Cazenovia Middle School Guidance Counselor Jennifer Glasgow is ensuring the issue won’t become a concern for district students.
During the week of Sept. 14, she gave multiple presentations regarding how to identify and avoid bullying, to pupils in fifth, sixth and seventh grades.
“Everybody has bullying in their life, it’s an issue everywhere. I don’t think we have a problem with it here at the middle school, this is just more of a proactive approach to the issue,” Glasgow said. “We want to give the kids information, skills and strategies that will help them if they encounter bullying. By updating every single student in the building with a message against bullying, we’re hoping to stop any problems before they even start.”
During the week, fifth-grade students were given presentations titled “How to be Bully-free,” sixth-grade students were presented “Be an Active Bystander” and seventh-graders learned about “Relational Aggression.” Each presentation dealt with different aspects of bullying and offered solutions for conflict resolution and avoidance. Glasgow hoped to instill a sense of pride and unity into the students, teaching them how to deal with aggression from bullies.
The Cazenovia Central School District recently adopted policies on bullying and cyberbullying in their handbook. Parents are urged to discuss bullying with their children, in order to educate, as well as evaluate whether their child may be a bully. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, an estimated 50 percent of children are bullied at some point during their primary education, with 10 percent of those students experiencing bullying on a regular basis.
Glasgow’s presentations are aimed at instilling a sense of pride and unity into the children, informing them about three main types of bullying: physical aggression, intimidation and verbal aggression.