Every teacher has the power to shape a child's life.
Everyday, teachers and school staff work in the environment where most reported bullying takes place. Helping to create a safe and supportive environment for your students is essential in stopping bullying. Teachers and administrators should be knowledgeable of all of anti-bullying policies, resources and support systems that are in place to help students who are victims of bullying.
* Teachers should learn what bullying is and what the signs of bullying are.
* School staff should establish a safe school climate for all students.
* Students should be educated about the dynamics of bullying.
* Learn how to positively engage students and parents about bullying.
* Address the bullying immediately.
* Refer to school rules regarding bullying.
* Support the bullied child. Also, refer the bullier to appropriate services.
* Offer guidance to bystanders on how to appropriately intervene.
* Impose consequences after all parties have calmed down.
* Notify colleagues and parents.
* Follow up and intervene as necessary.
* Do not confuse bullying with conflict. Bullying is a form of victimization and addressing it as just simple conflict can downplay the severity of the incident.
* Do NOT use peer mediation. Having a victim face the bully can be very upsetting. Allowing the bully an equal voice can empower the bully and may make the victim feel worse.
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