Prevention at School
Assess school prevention and intervention efforts around student behaviour, including substance use and violence. You may be able to build upon them or integrate bullying prevention strategies. Many programs help address the same protective and risk factors that bullying programs do.
It is important for everyone in the community to work together to send a unified message against bullying. Launch an awareness campaign to make the objectives known to the school, parents, and community members. Establish a school safety committee or task force to plan, implement, and evaluate your school’s bullying prevention program.
School Bullying Awareness
Unfortunately, you can’t solve a problem without first showing it to be apparent, so encourage the conduct of assessments in your school to determine how often bullying occurs, where it happens, how students and adults intervene, and whether your prevention efforts are working.
Design School Bullying Policies
Create a mission statement, code of conduct, school-wide rules, and a bullying reporting system. These establish a climate in which bullying is not acceptable. Disseminate and communicate widely with staff
PTA groups and pupils.
Create a Safe Environment
Establish a school culture of acceptance, tolerance and respect. Use staff meetings, assemblies, class and parent meetings, newsletters to families, the school website, and the student handbook to establish a positive climate at school. Reinforce positive social interactions and inclusiveness.
Include and Educate All
Build bullying prevention material into the curriculum and school activities. Train teachers and staff on the school’s rules and policies. Give them the skills to intervene consistently and appropriately.
Working in the Community
Bullying can be prevented, especially when the power of a community is brought together. Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities.
The Benefits of Working Together
The Benefits of Working Together
Bullying doesn’t happen only at school. Community members can use their unique strengths and skills to prevent bullying wherever it occurs. For example, youth sports groups may train coaches to prevent bullying. Local businesses may make t-shirts with bullying prevention slogans for an event. After-care staff may read books about bullying to kids and discuss them. Hearing anti-bullying messages from the different adults in their lives can reinforce the message for kids that bullying is unacceptable.
Involve anyone who wants to learn about bullying and reduce its impact in the community. Consider involving businesses, local associations, adults who work directly with kids, parents, and youth.
Identify partners such as: mental health specialists,law enforcement officers,neighbourhood associations,service groups,faith-based organisations,businesses and local councillors.
Learn what types of bullying community members see and discuss developing targeted solutions.
Involve youth. Teens can take leadership roles in bullying prevention among younger kids.
Study community strengths and needs:
Ask: Who is most affected? Where? What kinds of bullying happen most? How do kids and adults react? What is already being done in our local area to help?
Think about using opinion surveys, interviews, and focus groups to answer these questions. Learn how schools assess bullying.
Consider open forums like group discussions with community leaders, businesses, parent groups, and churches.
Develop a comprehensive community strategy:
Review what you learned from your community study to develop a common understanding of the problem.
Establish a shared vision about bullying in the community, its impact, and how to stop it.
Identify audiences to target and tailor messages as appropriate.
Describe what each partner will do to help prevent and respond to bullying.
Advocate for bullying prevention policies in schools and throughout the community.
Raise awareness about your message. Develop and distribute print materials. Encourage local radio, TV, newspapers, and websites to give public service announcements prime space. Introduce bullying prevention to groups that work with kids.
Track your progress over time. Evaluate to ensure you are refining your approach based on solid data, not anecdotes.