It’s AntiBullying Week and we’ve pulled together five win-win tactics to help beat bullying for all age groups.
First of all, make sure you have a good policy. This is an essential starting point. Be sure that your school values are defined and displayed. Make it clear that what constitutes acceptable behaviour and the consequences for breaching this.
Next, make sure that the behaviours are age appropriate and the rules are simple enough to be followed. be sure that students and teachers can recognise and call others on what’s unacceptable.
Planning activities which emphasise the school’s values can help. Whether it’s whole-school assemblies, poster competitions, underline the message that bullying is wrong.
Engage parents from the offset. Set out the boundaries covered by the school’s policies on joining. Many people have an impact on a child’s life – and when there’s collaboration this can yield the best results.
Bullying often occurs less frequently when adults are around. Statistics show that 47.2% of bullying occurs in a hallway or stairwell so be sure to be visible and vigilant as much as possible. Ensure that potential hotspots like toilets, hallways and the playground are patrolled on an adhoc basis.