Have you actively witnessed someone being bullied? Maybe you were bullied when you were growing up. Back in the day being called, “Fatty Fatty”, or “Four Eyes”, was bad enough or being made fun of for learning disabilities could scar a student for life. Nowadays the whole ballgame has changed. The following is an insiders ideas to help with bullying in schools.
Thoughts from a school superintendent.
Is your child’s school not particularly effective at mitigating bullying threats? Especially if your child is a bully target, you may be motivated to find solutions to help improve the school’s approach. Look no further than Angela White, the superintendent of schools for Rising Ground and the elementary, middle and high schools at the Carol and Frank Biondi Education Center in Yonkers, New York. Here are some of her suggestions to bring to the school’s attention:
Taking Action Immediately
Make sure to demand that bullying issues be handled immediately and with great attention. Don’t wait around for someone else to alert a teacher or other staff. It’s easy to think, “somebody should do something,” we are that somebody. It can be a simple note to the Principal or a quick text. Be sure to follow up as well, don’t let it fall by the wayside.
Get Students to Come Together
Students are often the strongest force in bullying because they are closer to the events than parents or teachers. Using this as an advantage by bringing students together on a regular basis to talk about issues like bullying, can set the standard for what is acceptable behavior in school.
National Center for Education Statistics reported 21 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being bullied at school during the school year. Students reported they were called names, pushed or shoved, the subject of rumors or forced to do things they did not want to do, along with a long list of other negative incidences.
The entire school can participate in activities that spread useful information about bully prevention, coping, and reporting. Like an “Inspiration Tree” where students leave encouraging messages for each other. Or have a “Spirit week” where students are encouraged to help each other with organized events to prevent bullying.
Focus on encouraging acts of kindness and simple gestures to create a positive school environment. Simple acts of kindness can be turned into a game with lasting positive effects.
Have a designated box for students to drop in notes about bullying behavior, giving them the knowledge that they have the confidence that staff will attend to their concerns immediately.
Public Motivational Messages
Have a project/location where students can contribute words of encouragement in a public forum so others can see these messages and draw strength and positivity from them.
Develop a system that rewards students for good deeds and can be redeemed for something they are interested in.
Do you have any ideas that your child’s school could do to help with bullying? We’d love to hear your ideas!
Until next time,
Take good care
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Of course, there are always opportunities on the parent front that can help to achieve the same goals that your child’s school is trying to achieve. BulliPatrol monitors your child’s social media accounts for signs of online bullying and alerts you when it happens. Learn more about the best plan for your family at www.bullipatrol.com