BULLYING | SCHOOLS & EDUCATORS
MOST BULLYING HAPPENS AT SCHOOL
For the school, the costs of bullying are countless hours consumed in tackling a problem that is resistant to change, truancies, reduced student retention, low teacher morale, negative perceptions of the school by the wider community and parent hostility. The school campus becomes a place where many kids are marginalized and where no-one feels safe. As students become alienated from school, academic performance declines. Schools are increasingly sued for failing to provide a safe learning environment and are being held liable for the harassment, violence and suicides caused by bullying.
Schools are a primary place where bullying can happen. Helping to establish a supportive and safe school climate where all students are accepted and knowing how to respond when bullying happens are key to making sure all students are able to learn and grow. There are many tools on StopBullying.gov specific for teachers, administrators, and other school staff.
- Learn what bullying is and what it is not. Many behaviors that look like bullying may be just as serious, but may require different response strategies. You can also learn about what to look for aswarning signs that some of your students might be involved in bullying and who might be at more risk for being involved. Know about special considerations for specific groups.
- Establish a safe school climate. Often the first step to preventing bullying is making sure the students, teachers, and administrators alike are educated about bullying. Tools like the School Bus Drivers Training and Classroom Teacher Training can help. For kids, tools like these webisodes can help them learn about bullying.
- Learn how to engage parents and youth in the building a positive school climate. Learning how to talk about bullying with youth is a critical step.
- Know about your obligations under your state’s anti-bullying law. Learn also about federal laws that require schools to address harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, and disabilities. Work to establish rules and policies to help let the entire school community know the expectations around bullying and procedures to report and investigate when something happens.
- Assess bullying in your school and understand how your school compares to national rates of bullying.
- Respond when bullying happens. Learn how to stop it on the spot, find out what happened, and support all students involved.
- Avoid misdirections in bullying prevention and response strategies.
- Utilize free Federal and Non-Federal Resources on bullying.
Some Information Courtsey of StopBullying.gov
10 CAUSES OF BULLYING:
- Feeling Powerless in Their Own Lives
- Someone Else is Bullying Them
- Bullies are often jealous of or frustrated with the person they are bullying
- Lack of Understanding or Empathy
- Looking for Attention
- Bullies come from dysfunctional families
- Bullies need to be in control
- Bullying behavior gets rewarded
- Bullies don’t care how others feel
- Bullies can’t regulate their emotions
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Bullying Prevention at School
A teacher talks to her class. Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are a number of things school staff can do to make schools safer and prevent bullying.
Assess school prevention and intervention efforts around student behavior, including substance use and violence. You may be able to build upon them or integrate bullying prevention strategies. Many programs help address the same protective and risk factors that bullying programs do.
Assess Bullying in Your School
Conduct assessments in your school to determine how often bullying occurs, where it happens, how students and adults intervene, and whether your prevention efforts are working.
Engage Parents and Youth
It is important for everyone in the community to work together to send a unified message against bullying. Launch an awareness campaign to make the objectives known to the school, parents, and community members. Establish a school safety committee or task force to plan, implement, and evaluate your school’s bullying prevention program.
Create Policies and Rules
Create a mission statement, code of conduct, school-wide rules, and a bullying reporting system. These establish a climate in which bullying is not acceptable. Disseminate and communicate widely.
Build a Safe Environment
Establish a school culture of acceptance, tolerance and respect. Use staff meetings, assemblies, class and parent meetings, newsletters to families, the school website, and the student handbook to establish a positive climate at school. Reinforce positive social interactions and inclusiveness.
Educate Students and School Staff
Build bullying prevention material into the curriculum and school activities. Train teachers and staff on the school’s rules and policies. Give them the skills to intervene consistently and appropriately.
Information Courtesy of stopbullying.gov
10 Causes of Bullying:
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Courtesy of nobullying.com 10 Causes of Bullying. What makes a bully can be complex, and can include a number of factors. Some people even find themselves being occasional bullies without even realizing it. Here’s some of the things that motivate people to bully others…. Read more.
Physical Effects of Bullying
Courtesy of Lisa Morris via kwikmed.org | What happens to us in early life has a huge impact on us in later life. Bullying is one example of something that can happen during childhood and have a knock-on effect throughout our life. Depression, difficulty with relationships and an increased likelihood of substance abuse are all long term results of bullying. However, the physical impact it can have can also be devastating and can even contribute to the development of heart problems… Read more.
Guide to Bullying Prevention
Courtesy of Kim Hart @ AAA Stay of Play | Bullying amongst children is a serious problem that is far too often written off as a rite of passage, or as “kids being kids.” It is, however, a very dangerous form of aggression that causes injuries, fear, embarrassment, reduced self-esteem, and depression in the victim. Studies have shown that bullying occurs on the playground as often as every seven minutes. In the classroom, a child is… Read more.