Bullying behaviors are unwanted and aggressive action(s) or words that are repeated or likely to be repeated resulting in a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying behaviors may be direct and obvious as in hurtful words or actions, while other bullying behaviors may be indirect such as deliberately isolating or excluding others. Cyberbullying is mean, hurtful, negative, embarrassing, humiliating, or false comments or images that are posted, sent, or shared through online or shared media such as in the form of posts, texts, apps, or other social media. In some cases and in some states, cyberbullying is unlawful and can be considered criminal behavior. US DHHS, 2018
All 50 states and territories require school policies on bullying and all states have some laws regarding bullying behaviors. California has some of the most robust policies and laws regarding bullying behaviors in schools and among school age youth.
Burbank Unified School District Policy #5131.2 defines bullying behaviors, their impact on schools, the prohibition of bullying behaviors at schools or school-sponsored events, and the importance of reporting bullying behaviors.
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Reporting Incidents of Bullying
Please report any bullying related incidents to our Bullying Reporting hotline at (818) 729-4589
You can also notify us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Burbank Unified School District is committed safe and caring educational environment for all. If you or someone you know has been a target of bullying behavior or you are aware of a situation that needs our attention, you can report anonymously either by calling our hotline or sending an E-mail through the above link. The District will conduct a thorough investigation into each reported incident through this system.
Children who bully have often been bullied themselves. Understanding the complexity of school age bullying behaviors can help ensure schools are safe, nurturing, and caring places. Policies that prohibit bullying behaviors at school and the importance of reporting bullying behaviors, including cyberbullying, are important. Understanding the perspectives of a person who bullies, a person who witnesses bullying, and a person who is a target of bullying is also important. Strategies that model healthy appropriate behaviors, that teach alternatives to bullying behaviors, and teach and assess empathy skills, impulse control skills, and interpersonal communication skills are key components of a school age bullying prevention and intervention programs. To learn more please click on the links below.
Burbank Unified School District implements two evidence-based programs to offset bullying behaviors at our schools. Second Step , implemented at all our elementary schools, teaches impulse control, empathy, and interpersonal communication skills. It includes Homelink lessons so parents and children together can practice the social emotional life skills learned at school. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for schools. It is a comprehensive schoolwide approach to help adults and youth model, recognize and reinforce appropriate behaviors. It is being implemented at all our secondary schools with implementation plans at all our elementary schools starting with the 2018-2019 school year. Each PBIS school has a PBIS team with parent and student representatives. Click on the highlighted links on these pages or contact your child's school to learn more.