The best way to reduce any type of bullying is to prevent it before it happens. Our Bully Prevention campaign focuses on changing school and classroom climates by raising awareness about bullying, increasing teacher and parent involvement and supervision.
Promote a school wide anti-bully environment. Implement an anti bullying campaign that involves the entire school community: parents, students, teachers, and administrators. If the entire school level is not achieved let the classroom adopt individual policies against bullying. Discuss with your students what bullying is, identify bullying behaviors, share personal stories and facts of bullying. Work with your students to develop classroom rules/policies against bullying. Post signs designating and supporting a "bully free" classroom."
1. Set School-wide Policy.
Display our posters throughout your school building, giving students instruction on how to handle a situation that involves bullying. While approaches that simply crack down on individual bullies are seldom effective, when there is a school-wide commitment to end bullying, it can be reduced by up to 50 percent.
2. Encourage Students to Report Bullying.
Students should always be encouraged to report bullying when they see it. All consequences should include counseling. School staff must report any alleged cases and witnesses must write reports within 48 hours. Students should always be encouraged to report bullying when they see it. All consequences should include counseling. School staff must report any alleged cases and witnesses must write reports within 48 hours.
3. Provide Increased Supervision.
Research has found that bullying is most likely to occur in schools where there is a lack of adult supervision during breaks, where teachers and students are indifferent to or accept bullying behavior, and where rules against bullying are not consistently enforced.
4. Treat Both Sides of Bullying.
School counselors have three responsibilities when it comes to the bullying: assisting targets of the bullying, assisting the bullies themselves and educating teachers, parents and other adults.
Research is beginning to show that just like traditional forms of bullying, cyberbullying can lead to anxiety, lower rates of self-esteem and higher rates of school absence.
• Every day, 60,000 students miss school due to fear or intimidation by a bully.
• Almost 30% of teens (5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying.
• 10% of students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
• Bullying increases through elementary grades and peaks in middle school.
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