Keys to success Commitment Cooperation Continuing efforts
Work together Coordinate with other schools in your district Consistency
Have a school policy: NO BULLYING! Review Communicate
Bullying incidents as prevention tools Report to your principal every time you witness bullying. Document the situation. Continue to track and look for patterns of bullying.
Don’t give bullying a chance in your school. Supervise high risk areas. There are several “hot spots” they include but are not limited to: Outdoor areas Computers Classroom Cafeteria and busses
More “hot spots”: Hallways and stair wells Bathrooms and locker rooms Recess
What can you do as a teacher or staff member? Make a class pact with students, the pact could be; “ We will not bully others”, or “ we will include everyone and not leave anyone out”. Teaching to create a caring climate with values, social skills, and by being a role model. Teach ways to handle bullying to by teaching students to “walk away” and not bully back. Encourage students to not show anger or fear, the bully wants to see them upset. Encourage students to tell a trusted adult.
More ways to prevent: Explain that standing by and watching bullying happen is almost the same as actually helping the bully. Get the message across to students by having class meetings, role-playing, creating posters, songs, etc. that promote respect. (Use the 6 pillars of good character)
A little praise goes a long way! When students behave in a positive way, take notice, every time! (ex. “It was really nice of you to invite Ben to hang out with you and your friends today” Offer classroom privileges or rewards for the class showing examples of respectful teamwork.
If you witness bullying you should always: Stop it right away. State the behavior. Support the victim. Involve bystanders. Give an immediate consequence.
Take reports of bullying serious! Listen carefully. ( If a parent requests a meeting with you to discuss a situation, always do it ASAP) Inform the principal. Investigate the situation. (Talk to both parties involved about what happened)
Bullying and the Law Code section 22.1-208.01 of Virginia states that Character education in schools is required. Bullying is a crime when the following occurs; sexual assault, physical assault, theft, and major property damage.
Learn all you can. www.StopBullyingNow.hrsa.gov www.nea.org/schoolsafety/bullying.html www.getnetwise.org
Table Top Exercise One: A father calls you and angrily reports something his son just told him: Tow older students have been stealing his lunch money everyday for a month. The father demands that the bullying students be suspended, at least. What would you say and do?