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School Psychology News Volume 15, Issue 1 Fall 2014 Psychological Services' Newsletter FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS Inside this issue: Helping to Tease Proof Kids 1 School Psych Awareness Week 2 All in a Day's Work 3 School Connectedness 3 Wonderful Websites 4 Excellence in 6 Action www.FultonPsychologicalServices.com From the Executive Director... Dr. Christopher Matthews Executive Director of Counseling, Psychological & Social Work Services In many ways teasing can be a positive experience. It can be light, gentle, and fun. When children learn to recognize, accept, and appropriately respond to gentle types of teasing, it can have many benefits. For example, children who learn to deflect negative comments tend to feel better about their ability to handle social problems. Teasing can also strengthen bonds between classmates or offer a form of play. Not all teasing is done with malice. Differentiating between good teasing and bad teasing can help children in knowing when to join in and laugh or when to stand up for themselves. Many factors affect how people interpret teasing, including age, gender, popularity, temperament and culture. Professionals Welcome to a new year in the Fulton County School System! The 2014-2015 school year has begun and I am very excited to announce that the first School Psychology News is ready for release. The talented team of School Psychologists in the Fulton County School System are best known for sharing strategies and resources with the entire Fulton County Schools' community so I am confident sure that you will find the enclosed articles on tease proofing kids and school connectedness informative and useful. The Office of Psychological Services is also excited about the upcoming School Psychology Awareness Week, November 10-14. The theme this year is "Strive. Grow. THRIVE." Schools around the county will be taking part in events and activities to help students and schools thrive and to educate them on the "grow-thrive" cycle. My compliments to the newsletter editor, Dr. Evelyn Backa, and the whole newsletter committee that work very hard to produce such an exemplary newsletter. Please enjoy the information in this newsletter and feel free to contact me at (404) 763-5600 or at matthewsc@fulton.k12.ga.us with any questions regarding the Office of Psychological Services. Helping to Tease Proof Kids By Melissa Gordon, Ed.S. who study bullying suggest examining three factors to help determine if teasing has crossed the line: 1. Is the teasing occurring repeatedly? 2. Can the target child defend him- or herself (perhaps not if they are smaller, younger, have fewer friends to help defend them, etc.)? 3. Is there real intent to harm the targeted child? When teasing has taken a negative turn, there are many ways to help, including but not limited to teacher intervention, bystander intervention, ignoring and school wide programs. Many of these interventions are very helpful, but some can have Continued on page 2

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