569th USFPS provides anti-bullying training

by Staff Sgt. Joel Reyes Rodriguez 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron

Most people have probably heard the old adage, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Maybe they have spoken these words themselves in an effort to dissuade a bully’s attack, but in reality, we know that words can hurt and can cause damage.
The 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron recently teamed up with local school psychologists to create an anti-bullying program for Kaiserslautern Military Community Schools. The program provides students with clear guidance on expectations of peer mediation and what to do in the event students find themselves victimized.
Today, bullying doesn’t end on the playground or in the hallways; it is a problem that has evolved with time and technology. Social media networks have made cyberbullying a full-time problem.
The most recent anti-bullying seminar was conducted on March 9 to 13 by the 569th USFPS in support of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe’s “Resiliency Week” at Kaiserslautern High School. The program was presented to 105 students and teachers from KHS with overwhelming positive feedback from the students and staff.
The seminar entailed:
• Key actions to take when faced with a bully and the expected outcome (i.e. recognize, respond, listen and promote safety)
• Why the anti-bullying program is important
• Types of bullying (physical, emotional, covert and cyber)
• Why you should speak up, whether you’re a bystander or victim
• Why do bullies bully? (personal history, having power, society and family issues)
The nature of online life and an increased number of children with access to media devices, makes sending humiliating or degrading messages, pictures or videos simple, immediate and anonymous. Bullies can mask their identities with screen names and make direct physical and social
threats extending beyond school grounds.
While there are many different types of bullying, the goal of the 569th USFPS is to provide students with the necessary information to make the right decision, intervene, speak up, come forward and seek help. Through education, children can be instilled with the courage to end bullying. Parents, friends, teachers and coaches are always available to help mediate or listen.
For more information on this program, contact the 569th USFPS at 489-6004 or 0631-536-6004.