How are schools addressing the issue of bullying for students of all ages?
Bullying has become a hot-topic of conversation among parents, schools, and communities. Although statistics tend to focus on middle school and high school aged students, did you know that bullying also occurs among children in pre-school and kindergarten? How are schools addressing the issue of bullying for students of all ages?
Between 1999 and 2015, all 50 states passed anti-bullying legislation.To view your state’s definition of bullying, laws and policies and the requirements of school districts, go to: https://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/index.html
Many schools have adopted programs, such as “Olweus”, to train and educate staff members about bullying – what to look for and how to intervene. These programs are also being used to create a school community where bullying is not tolerated.
Age appropriate lessons are now being taught in the classroom about what bullying is, what it looks like and what it feels like. Students are taught specific strategies of what to do if they are being bullied, how to help a victim of bullying and how to report it. Students are also being educated about the difference between reporting (or “tattling”) and the importance of reporting.
One of the most important lessons that students are being educated about is the “bystander effect.” Studies have shown that when there is a group of people witnessing an event such as bullying, the likelihood of an individual from the group speaking up against the event is less likely. Schools have started to incorporate role playing activities to help students practice individual responsibility as a bystander.
Schools now play a critical role in helping to prevent bullying. School districts are educating staff and students about bullying and are consistently enforcing zero tolerance policies. Students as young a pre-school are now included in these programs because these early years are crucial in developing positive social behaviors such as kindness and including others.
* To read more about young children and how bullying is addressed in day cares and early education visit:
* To read more about bullying in Kindergarten and Early Elementary visit: https://www.verywell.com/bullying-kindergarten-early-grades…
* To read more statistics regarding bullying, visit: https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=719
* To read more information regarding anti-bullying legislations visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-bullying_legislation
*To read more information about programs used to in schools visit: http://www.bullypolice.org/program.html
* To read more about the bystander effect visit: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/…/helping_kids_overcome_the…