Bullying has become a very important and serious issue among kids, teens, and young adults. Adults and teachers must ensure that every child is safe and protected from bullying. They must also make sure their own kids are not bullying other students. Bullying can have major effects on kids that can damage them for years. The best place to stop and prevent bullying is in the classroom.
Talk About It
There are times students don’t even know they are bullying their peers. When it comes to adolescence, they still have a lot to learn and many of them remain uninformed. This is why it’s imperative for educators to discuss how serious bullying is in the classroom. They need to know the forms of bullying, how it affects the victims of bullying, and the ramifications and consequences of being a bully.
Another great way to prevent bullying is by always being present. Bullying usually takes place in locations such as bathrooms, lunch spots, hallways, or other locations students gather. By always being seen in these locations, there is a better chance of students avoiding bullying. Make sure these spots are well supervised. It will show bullies that they are always being watched and it will be a great way for those being bullied to know they have someone watching over them.
Look for the Signs
Another great way to prevent bullying in the classroom is by looking for signs and indicators. Whether the student is being bullied or is the bully, there will be signs showing it. Bullies typically show signs of unprovoked anger, aggressiveness, worrying about their reputation, and getting into physical or verbal altercations. Boys and girls typically bully differently, and it’s important to recognize the indicators for each gender. The signs of a child being bullied are the loss of friends, unexplained injuries, declining grades, and especially decreased self-esteem.
Understand the Law
Because bullying has become such a serious issue, there are now laws in place to prevent bullying and keep children safe from bullies. Every state will have its own anti-bullying laws and every staff member should become familiar with theirs. Educators have legal obligations on reporting bullying and how they must address harassment. It’s important for schools to have policies and rules to outline the expectations and requirements for bullying procedures. These procedures must highlight how to report and investigate bullying incidents.
Educators and other school staff are at the frontlines of bullying. Their efforts in school and in the classroom could save countless children from being bullied.