School bullying policies

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School bullying policies

All schools should have an effective bullying policy. Unfortunately, not all schools have a bullying policy in place A bullying policy should be in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. Technically, they should have a bullying manual. In the manual, it should include all five types of bullying; which include relational, social, physical, verbal, and cyber bullying. In that, it should define examples and non-examples. For each type, it should say what are the consequences. Typically, for bullying, there should be a level system. For example, if it's a first offense, there should be a specific consequence; a second, and then a third offense and how the teachers are going to handle it. Who is going to handle it. As the levels go up, typically, administrators start to handle it. There is supposed to be a task force, if there is an effective policy, and there is supposed to be students, parents and administrators on the task force. Finally, there is supposed to be a confidential system in place where students can report anonymously what is happening on campus. A bullying policy is supposed to be very systemic in nature and it's not supposed to be one single paper that is in the back of the principal's office. It is supposed to include the entire campus.

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Stephanie Mihalas, PhD, NCSP

Child Psychologist

Dr. Stephanie Mihalas is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist. Mihalas is the founder of The Center for Well-Being: Psychological Services for Children, Youth, and Families in Los Angeles, CA. Mihalas treats a wide variety of children and adolescents ranging as young as two through the later adolescent years utilizing evidenced-based interventions. Mihalas also provides school consultation. The primary focus of Mihalas' research background is in relational and physical aggression. She presents at national and state conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She also frequently engages in print and radio media ventures and has been in magazines such as Teen Vogue and Parents. Mihalas completed her postgraduate work at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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