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"Not on Our Watch" (N.O.W.) - Bullying Prevention Program


Each Pre-K-8 and high school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a NOT ON OUR WATCH (N.O.W) team which is a student-centered anti-bullying program. The goal of the bullying prevention is to decrease prevalence of bullying and promote a safe, warm environment.  This can be accomplished at the elementary, middle and high school levels through the use of a prevention model.  We are integrating current Humanware/SEL tools that promote social skill building, self-control, critical thinking, decision making and the acceptance of differences.

What is Bullying?
Although definitions of bullying vary, most agree that bullying involves:
  • Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm, and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves
  • Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm.
  • Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same person over ns over by the same person or group.
Types of Bullying
Bullying can take may forms, Examples include:
  • Verbal: name-calling, teasing
  • Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships
  • Physical: hitting , punching shoving
  • Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others
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Working with the school to stop Bullying
  • Know the schools policies. Ask for a copy or check the student handbook to see if our school has standards in place that will help resolve the situation.
  • Open the line of communication.  Call or set up an appointment to talk with your child's teacher or school counselor, principal and/or assistant principal and establish a partnership to stop the bullying.
  • Get help for your child.  Seek advice from your child's guidance counselor, principal, assistant principal and/or other school-based health professionals.  They may be able to help your child cope with the stress of being bullied.
  • Commit to making the bullying stop.  Talk regularly with your child and with school staff to see if the bullying has stopped. Parent Resources:

Antibullying Brochure (pdf)

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