Bullying - The Role of Schools in Bullying
Schools play a
critical role in stopping
bullying, because most aggression happens on school
grounds during recess, in lunch rooms, or in bathrooms. Schools should have and
enforce zero-tolerance programs that make it clear that bullying won't be
School-based programs can help reduce bullying when
- Raise awareness of bullying through school
assemblies and classroom discussion of the problem. These conversations should
include teaching healthy ways to control anger. They should also teach the
value of cooperation, positive communication skills, and
- Have peers help settle an incident and talk with all
- Increase parents' and teachers'
- Increase supervision of children on school grounds,
especially when they are out of the classroom.
- Form clear rules
about behavior that will not be tolerated.
- Provide support and
protection for children who are bullied.
You can help your child's school develop bullying policies
by becoming involved in parent-teacher organizations (PTO or PTA) and by
volunteering to help teachers.
In the classroom, teachers should
make it clear that bullying will not be tolerated. Teachers must be prepared to
follow through with consequences if bullying occurs. Doing so sends the message
that adults are serious about the problem. It also encourages children who are
not involved in bullying to report any incidents they see.
Conferences can be held-separately or together-with the parents of both
children involved in bullying incidents.
School-based programs are
one piece of a larger plan to help children understand the importance of
treating one another with kindness and respect.