News From the Counselor

October - Bully Prevention Month
Posted on 10/03/2023
From the Counselor
We will be defining exactly what bullying is and what to do if someone becomes a target of bullying. Students will learn through stories and class discussions. 
The definition of bullying is as follows: 
"Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time..."

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose."

Cyberbullying: Statistics show that at least 70% of children play online video games and chat with other players. Please review this link for tips on how to help your child stay safe online. 
I am here to support you and your family. Please feel free to stop by or call me at 360-662-8514.
Thank you,
Nancy Osier, MS
Emerald Heights Elementary School Counselor