Techniques to Reduce Bullying in Schools
It has been scientifically proven that bullying affects the emotional, mental, and physical well being of a child. In the United States alone, the estimate of children being bullied is between 15 – 25%. Bullying can be physical, emotional, or psychological. An example of physical bullying is when one student (the bully) hits another (the victim). The hitting may include kicking, punching, and even pushing. Taking something that belongs to another is also part of physical bullying. For more information regarding the types of bullying, you can visit source at http://www.stampoutbullying.co.uk/types.php.
Bullying can take place anywhere whether you’re from China or South Africa. An example of emotional bullying is when the bully verbally abuses the victim. This includes teasing, threatening, and name calling. Psychological bullying includes isolating, ignoring, or excluding the victim. With the rise of the internet and the use of mobile phones, comes a new form of bullying. This is called cyber bullying. It includes the sending of mean texts emails or the posting of inappropriate pictures.
Bullying can have a dreadfully negative impact on the victim. Studies conducted towards victims of bullying show that victims often suffer from depression. Victims of bullying oftentimes feel depressed and are withdrawn. They, most often than not, are terrified of going to school for fear of being bullied. Studies even show that victims of bullying oftentimes show signs of wanting to commit suicide. Such is the negative impact of bullying that 800 numbers have sprung up to help stop bullying. These are 1-800-4CHILD and 1800-273-talk, among others. For more information about the undesired effects of bullying, you can visit website at http://ptsd.about.com/od/causesanddevelopment/a/Bullying.htm.
So how do you reduce bullying in schools?
Get the Principal’s Support
In schools where there is Free Parental Control, the school principal’s support and commitment is the key to stopping school bullying. Studies have shown that when school principals are involved, the rate of bullying is low. In schools where principals take an active part in the prevention of bullying, the rate of bullying is considerably low compared to schools where the principals are not involved. To get the attention of the principal, it might be helpful to present a police officer who is knowledgeable and aware of the harmful effects of bullying.
Use a Multifaceted and Comprehensive Approach
A comprehensive and multifaceted approach is better compared to an approach that tackles only one aspect of bullying, for example, the spreading of rumors, social exclusion, or isolation. These are different types of bullying albeit more hidden. While not as visual as direct bullying, i.e., hitting, pushing, or kicking, it has nevertheless the same detrimental effect on children.
Provide Guidelines for Teachers
The school should provide guidelines to teachers as well as witnesses as to what to do when bullying occurs. Most often than not, it is the lack of knowledge as to what to do that leads to further bullying. If witnesses are provided with specific guidelines as to what to do in case they witness as actual bullying, the probability rate of it happening again will be greatly diminished.
Bullying affects any child. It doesn’t matter if the parents know Italian cooking to give him/her Italian food or not. What matters is that it could happen to any kid. It’s a good thing that anti-bullying campaigns have sprung up. One of which is Grade 5S Blog. This blog will help you understand bullying more and thus prevent it.