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Bullying Prevention

Between 1 in 3 and 1 in 4 students say they have been bullied at school, according to statistics published by stopbullying.gov. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children, involving a real or perceived imbalance of power. The behavior is repeated or likely to be repeated over time.

The most common types of bullying are verbal and social bullying. Physical bullying and damage to property are other forms that bullying can take. Children who are bullied and children who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. With growing awareness of the issue and the steps that can be taken to stop bullying, faculty, staff, parents, and students can all be part of the solution.

Faculty & Staff

  • Take action when you see bullying behavior. Dismissing the behavior sends the message that it is okay.
  • Hold meetings about bullying to ensure that all faculty and staff members know what it entails, how to handle it, and how to prevent it.
  • Present yourself as receptive and approachable so that students feel comfortable coming to you about being harassed or bullied.
  • Anonymously survey students about their bullying experiences. Knowing what types of bullying are happening, and when and where, can greatly improve your chances of stopping it.
  • Monitor hallways closely so that bullying behaviors are not likely to go undetected.
  • Clearly explain the disciplinary consequences for bullying to all students.
  • Educate students about bullying through books, films, or other media.

Parents

  • Ask your child about his or her school day and be an active listener. Encouraging conversation about what is happening at school increases the likelihood your child will come to you if something is wrong.
  • Set a good example by not engaging in bully-like behaviors. Avoid cursing at people, teasing people, or picking on people. Model how to properly and effectively communicate in heated discussions.
  • Address bully-like behaviors if you see them. Teach your child to respectfully interact with other children and adults.

Students

  • Act confident and present yourself as unaffected by a bully’s attempts to hurt you.
  • Travel in pairs or groups; there truly is strength in numbers.
  • If possible, avoid areas where you know a bully hangs out.
  • Never seek revenge or attempt to ‘get even’ with a bully.
  • Tell a parent, teacher, or other trusted adult if you are being bullied or harassed.
  • Never join in when someone is being bullied, even as a bystander. Get a teacher immediately to deescalate the situation.¬†

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