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7 Tips to Prevent Bullying

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by monicadear

If you're a mom, mentor, or involved in the classroom, you know the importance of maintaining a decent, respectful, positive, safe, and supportive environment for all students. Bullying can happen to children, teens, and young adults who do not get along well with others, who are "less popular", or who have few to no friends in the school. Also at risk for being bullied are youths with depression or anxiety, and those who have low self esteem. Those especially at risk are LGBT and questioning youth: in one study by Laura Sessions Stepp, "four out of five gay and lesbian students say they don't know one supportive adult at school."

Intervention comes through three simple steps that can be implemented by top management and filtered throughout the entire school setting:

  • Communicate in a clear, firm manner that bullying behaviors will not be tolerated
  • Ensure that all students know how to recognize bullying and what to do if they are bullied
  • Inform students of your anti-bullying plan

Here are seven focused tips for bullying prevention:


1) Educate all stakeholders on what bullying is, the impact of bullying, and how to stop bullying on the campus

2) Demand respect for others in all classrooms

3) Create a no tolerance policy toward bullying

4) Increase supervision in reported areas where bullies target victims

5) Post anti-bullying messages in public places

6) Create a peer support team

7) Set up a resource area that houses bullying resources

We all want the best for the children, youth, and teens in our care, and maintaining an environment of tolerance, acceptance, and a focus on learning is a worthy goal to which all of us can aspire. If you know of someone being bullied, the US Department of Health and Human Services offers more tips at http://www.stopbullying.gov/

 

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