Being a parent or a teacher, it would be extremely heart-wrenching to learn that your sweet angels got bullied in schools. School bullying can distract a kid’s life in too many ways, so it is must to stop bullying in schools.
The best and the most apparent way to stop bullying in schools is for parents to change the way they parent their kid at home. Obviously, this is much easier said than done and everyone parents their kids differently. However, bullies come from homes where physical punishment is used and kids have been taught that physical violence is the way to handle problems and “get their way.”
Bullies usually also come from homes where the parents fight a lot, so violence has been replicated for them. Parental involvement often is lacking in bullies’ lives and there seems to be little bit of warmth. Earlier, intercession and effective discipline and boundaries truly is the best way to stop bullying, but parents of the victims or therapists cannot change the bully’s home environment. However, some things can be done at the school level.
- Most school programs that address bullying use a multi-faceted approach to the problem or a issue. This most probably involves counseling of some sort, either by peers, a school counselor, teachers, or the principal.
- Hand out questionnaires to all teachers and students and discuss if bullying is occurring. Define exactly what leads to bullying at school. The questionnaire is the best tool that allows the school to see how widespread bullying is and what forms it is taking. It is the accurate way to start to address the problem.
- Get the kid’s parents involved in a bullying program. If parents of the victims and the bullies are not aware of what is going on at school, then the whole bullying program will not be effective and useful to them. Stopping bullying in school takes teamwork and concentrated effort on everybody’s part. Bullying should definitely be discussed during parent-teacher conferences and PTA meetings. Parental awareness is the most crucial key.
- In the classroom, all teachers should work with the students on bullying. Most of the times even the teacher is being bullied in the classroom and a program should be set up that implements teaching about bullying. Nowadays, kids understand modeling behaviors and role-play and acting out bullying situations is a very effective tool. Have students role-play a bullying situation/condition. Rules that involve bullying behaviors should be clearly posted on the notice board of the schools. Schools should ask local mental health professionals to speak to students about bullying behaviors and how it directly affects the victims or the bullies.
- Schools need to make sure that there is enough adult supervision and control at school to lessen and prevent bullying.
A kid who has to undergo bullying usually suffers from low self-esteem and their ability to learn and be successful at school is dramatically lessened. Schools and parents must educate their kids about bullying behaviors; it will help all the kids feel safe and secure at school. Kids who are bullied need to be taught sympathy for others and feelings in order to change their behaviors and the school must embrace a zero-tolerance policy regarding bullying.