Protecting students at school is the school’s responsibility, yet for many children school is a living nightmare.
Kids know there’s no drinking or smoking in school or on school property and are familiar with the consequences for breaking the rules.
Kids also know that bullying is unacceptable behavior at school, yet still engage in abusive behavior with no trepidation. Why? Because they can.
In the past, schools have been remiss following through on consequences and protecting students. Today, more parents are initiating lawsuits and the courts are ruling in favor of the family.
What can Schools do to Protect Their Students?
- Schools need to develop a clear policy on bullying, including consequences for not complying and mean it.
- Consulting with teachers, parents, students and other school staff strengthens a school policy’s influence.
- Increase adult supervision at peak times, such as recess, lunch hour and after school.
- Train teachers and other school personnel on how to recognize a bullying situation and what steps to take to break it up.
- Invite anti bullying experts to lead class workshops that include role-playing, restoring self-esteem, developing empathy and anger management and assertiveness training skills.
Research indicates that school policies work when:
- The entire school knows that there is a policy and understands what it means.
- Everyone knows that the policy will be applied consistently.
- Everyone accepts the policy.
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