MPS Bullying Prevention Curriculum & Intervention Plan
Bullying Prevention Curriculum
On Feb. 6, 2014, the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth gave a presentation entitled “Cyber Safety From A Forensic Perspective - Sexting, Texting & Child Predators.” Resources from that presentation have been posted below.
In the fall of 2011, the Marlborough Public School administrative team formed a review committee to choose a DESE-approved, evidence-based bullying prevention curriculum for students in grades preK-12. Members were selected by district principals and included representatives from the health and wellness departments, school counselors, elementary educators, and local business and nonprofit stakeholders.
The review committee chose the evidence-based Bully Proofing curriculum for students in grades preK-12. The committee chose to supplement the Bully Proofing lessons with lessons from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), also evidence-based, focusing on cyber-bullying.
In the spring of 2012, the scope and sequence committee integrated the Bully Proofing lessons and the MARC lessons into one bullying prevention program for prekindergarten through grade 12, calling it, MC3; Marlborough; Creating a Caring Community.
MC3 reflects the community’s commitment to the health and well-being of its citizens, as well as an overall cultural change the schools want to effect within the community. MC3 seeks to build a caring school community, where all citizens know the common vocabulary and expectations for healthy, safe behavior. Citizens also can identify and access prevention and intervention resources available to them, beginning in our schools.
In summer 2012, further development of the program focused on training educators and parents. Workshop training was delivered to all counselors, administrators and health and wellness educators. Presentations were created for delivery to all other educators, parents and support staff, and materials were ordered from Bully Proofing and MARC cyber-bullying lessons. MPS also received a Safe & Drug-Free Schools state grant to fund additional training and book purchasing for all of our high school teachers.
In September, 2012, the Pilot MC3 Program started for students K-12 in the health and wellness classes. Throughout the year, students will be introduced to the concept of “Creating a Caring Community” through activities and lessons enhanced by teachers and administration.
MPS Bullying Intervention Plan
- Marlborough Public Schools School Committee Bully Prevention Policy (4/14/15)
- Massachusetts Health and Human Services Bullying Prevention Resources
- Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Bullying Prevention and Intervention Resources
- Massachusetts Prevent Bullying Law Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
- Find Youth Info: Bullying Prevention and Response - United States Department of Education
- Handouts & Resources from the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth:
- Parent Tip Sheet: Common Sense on internet safety for high school kids (Common Sense Media)
- Parent Tip Sheet: Common Sense on internet safety for elementary school kids (Common Sense Media)
- Parent Tip Sheet: Common Sense on internet safety for middle school kids (Common Sense Media)
- Article: Facebook just launched a new feature: Here’s how to protect your profile from unwanted searches (Business Insider)
- Article: Facebook graph search: Now is the time to go over your privacy settings (ABC News)
- Information brochure: Know the rules: Internet safety quiz for adults (Center for Missing and Exploited Children / U.S. Department of Justice)
- Tip Sheet: Top ten tips for parents to protect kids from online predators (ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Cyber Crime Committee)
- Article: Less risky behavior by teens – except cyberbullying (The Boston Globe, Oct. 13, 2013)
- Video - Social Media Revolution 2011
- Video - Bulletin Board – Online Safety Commercial
- Video - Internet Danger – Everyone Knows Sarah
- Video - Talent Show – Cyberbullying Prevention Commercial - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdQBurXQOeQ
- CommonSenseMedia.org: 11 Sites and Apps Kids are Heading to After Facebook