It’s unfortunate to say that we’ve all experienced some form of bullying, and so have our kids and students. Whether being bullied, being a witness to bullying or being the cause of bullying, this pervasive social issue is strong amongst school-aged peers. Bullying can have short and long term effects that are detrimental to students’ physical and/or mental well-being. Here is my 5 step plan on how to prevent bullying from happening in your classroom, home or school.
Also, be sure to check out my anti-bullying posters here.
It’s important for kids to identify bullying when they see it and understand that it involves many parties. Once they are able to identify it, they can better avoid it or call it out.
2. Promote Kindness
Show kids how amazing it feels to be kind to others and to receive kindness from others. They’ll get hooked on this feel-good sentiment. Make it part of your class culture to build each other up, while never tearing each other down.
3. Inspire Empathy
Explore activities that teach students to empathize with one another. This is one of the best ways to prevent bullying. A student who can feel with others is less likely to hurt those around them in a way that is intentional and continuous.
4. Discuss the importance of bystanders
Once you’ve thoroughly discussed bullying, kindness and empathy with your students, it’s important to discuss the role of bystanders. Bystanders to bullying can make drastic changes and potentially stop bullying in its tracks. Here is an example of an anchor chart and discussion base about bystanders:
5. Read Together
There are so many fantastic books which wonderfully model how to handle bullying situations. Once you read the books, you and your students can have a real discussion based on the story. Here are some books to look into:
Let’s hope posts like this one wont need to be created in the future :).