Bullying

BULLYING…….. I have occasionally been asked about bullying in schools and how it is handled.  Statistics suggest that 25% of primary schoolers and 33% of secondary school children are bullied in the UK .  In the US  11% of children report being bullied.  I was interested to read that for the first time in the 97 year history of the Boy Scouts, newcomers must show they have learned Scout-approved ways to avoid being pushed around and called names if they want to move through the ranks.  Bullying has received due emphasis over the years in the organization and now that is being reinforced with Merit badge recognition.  The handbook also covers cyber bullying.

Effective Programs have been developed to reduce bullying in schools. Research has found that bullying is most likely to occur in schools where there is a lack of adult supervision during breaks, where teachers and students are indifferent to or accept bullying behavior, and where rules against bullying are not consistently enforced.

While approaches that simply crack down on individual bullies are seldom effective, when there is a school-wide commitment to end bullying, it can be reduced by up to 50%. Approaches shown to be effective focuses on changing school and classroom climates are: raising awareness about bullying; increasing teacher and parent involvement and supervision; forming clear rules and strong social norms against bullying; and providing support and protection for all students. This approach involves teachers, principals, students, and everyone associated with the school, including janitors, cafeteria workers, and crossing guards. Adults become aware of the extent of bullying at the school, and they involve themselves in changing the situation, rather than looking the other way. Students pledge not to bully other students, to help students who are bullied, and to make a point to include students who are left out.  

AASH                          

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3 Responses to Bullying

  1. KLM says:

    Yes, the whole school needs to get involved. Recently here in L.A. a teenager committed suicide because he was bullied. Children and adults need to realize that bullying is all about power. The victim needs to stand up to the bully or walk away. If that doesn’t work, he/she needs to tell a trusted adult. Schools need to implement a “no bullying” policy. If kids see someone being bullied they need to be taught to stay by the victim not the bully (which they usually do). Hence the shift in power. This concept needs to be taught and enforced though by teachers and administrators. KLM

  2. Chantal Lasry says:

    I feel that the schools need to work with all concerned. That is; the bully, the bullied and the bystanders. It takes a village and we need to take care of each other. They are all someone’s child and need attention.

  3. Lisa Schwarzwald says:

    Not only does everyone need to get involved, but the communication needs to be open all around. There doesn’t need to be just communication between the the bully, the bullied and his/her parents and teachers. The students who witness the bullying are internalyzing their fears. I’m not suggesting the bully be publically humiliated, but the incidents, or lessons learned, need to be used as teachable moments to all students. Otherwise, we have some children silently suffering and no one knows about it.

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