Under the new Massachusetts Bullying Prevention law
, bullying is defined as : "the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victim's property; (ii) places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the victim; (iv) infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school."
It is important for families to recognize if a child is involved in bullying (either as the aggressor or the target) and to learn more about how to seek out additional help, if needed. For more information, please refer to some additional resources listed below: Please note all the links are to PDFs. You must have Adobe Reader Version 7 or higher installed on your computer to access the form. This program is available to download for free on the Adobe website.
Cyberbullying: A Guide for Parents
Help for Youth Who Bully
Social Networking Online: A Guide for Parents to Xanga, MySpace, and Similar Websites
Stop Bullying Now: What to Do If Your Child is Being Bullied
What to do when….Your Child Is Being Bullied
Why Is It Confidential? Understanding Your School's Limits on Sharing Information