Not On Our Watch (NOW)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