Bullying is a community issue that extends beyond the school campus and is prevalent online. Share My Lesson is partnering with educators, school leaders, community and advocacy groups to recognize, prevent and combat bullying while establishing safe and welcoming schools.
Educators know the importance of building a positive school culture — a safe and supportive environment in which positive relationships are fostered. Yet we know that this does not always describe communities of learning. And often, when these essential components are not there, serious behavior issues manifest in classrooms and on school campuses.
To truly create safe and welcoming schools, we must move away from punitive, zero tolerance measures; educators must be trained to implement restorative practices that build healthy relationships, create a sense of community, and foster respect and communication among educators and students.
Use these tips and free classroom resources to help create a safe, welcoming and bullying-free school environment:
- Develop, post and discuss rules related to bullying.
- Treat students and others with warmth and respect. Demonstrate positive interest and involvement in your students.
- Take immediate action when bullying is observed. Listen to students and parents who report bullying in your classroom.
- Notify parents of all involved students when a bullying incident occurs.
- Refer students affected by bullying to school counseling or mental health staff, if needed.
- Hold class meetings during which students can talk about bullying and peer relations.
- Provide information to parents and students about bullying behaviors and encourage involvement and support in addressing bullying issues.
- Share concerns about bullying with other educators at school.
- Contact the police in a serious case of cyberbullying.
- Read books aloud in class and discuss the types of bullying evident in the story, how children in the story were affected by bullying, how the bullying was/could be resolved, and how adults and students can help to stop bullying.
- Discuss and design rules for appropriate Internet behavior with students so that they gain a greater responsibility of cyber citizenship.
- Have students complete the Stand Up/Sit Down Similarities/Differences Exercise.