Although most people don’t want to hear it, bullying in schools is very common and happens all the time. Creating a safe environment for students is key to preventing bullying in the educational sphere.
Here are ways teachers, parents, and students can take action to address bullying.
Bullying in Schools: Teachers
- Teachers need to be knowledgeable and observant when it comes to bullying. They need to be aware bullying does not just take place just in the classroom, but often in places such as the bathroom, playground, and buses where supervision is limited. Any report needs to be taken seriously and reported to appropriate school administrators.
- Teachers need to involve not only the parent but the student as well when resolving bullying issues. This way they can work as a team to help with strategies to prevent bullying and work on “what if” scenarios if bullying was to occur.
- Teachers also need to set positive expectations for behavior with their students. Teachers should offer a safe learning environment and remind students that bullying is not accepted and such behavior will have consequences.
- Teachers can create an anti-bullying pledge and have both the student and parent sign the pledge.
Bullying in Schools: Parents
- Parents need to observe children for any signs of bullying. Children might not always verbally tell you something is going on. Signs could include but are not limited to: unexplained bruises, ripped clothes, not wanting to got to school or talk about school, anxiety, decreased appetite, etc.
- If the child does tell you they have been bullied do not use phrases such as “suck it up” or “you’ll be fine.” Make sure you get the exact details so you can report them to the school. Most importantly, make sure they know you are there for them.
- Parents should teach their children how to handle bullying. Going over bullying scenarios can be helpful, along with talking about who to go to when things are not being resolved.
Bullying in Schools: Students
- It is important for students to know that they should report any bullying and not be afraid of telling teachers or parents.
- Students should also know that they should not bully back. The best strategy in bullying is to tell the bully to stop or walk away.
- Students should also avoid being alone. Keeping friends and teachers close by can help keep students safe and keep bullies away.
Working Together to Stop Bullying in Schools
It is important to work together to prevent bullying and recognize bullying when students do not tell parents or teachers.
Students should always feel safe in any environment and should be given the tools to report bullying. School should be a place for students to learn and thrive.