Stop Bullying / Prevention at School
Since we work a lot with schools, we are very aware of the challenges that are presented to the teachers. We are also parents and have children who have either experienced or have seen bullying take place at school or playgrounds. 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 bullying before it starts. In our research and work with parents, we have found several resources and information that we would like to share. There are a number of things school staff can do to make schools safer and stop 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 stop bullying prevention strategies. Many programs help address the same protective and risk factors that stop 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 stop 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.
For more information, below are some good resources.
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