Leading up to October, many education reporters, publications and blogs have focused on how common bullying and cyberbullying are in our schools (you can see statistics from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the Cyberbullying Research Center here and here). But what are schools doing to prevent it?
According to StopBullying.gov, all 50 states have passed legislation and policies about bullying and 42 of those states have also implemented model policies to provide guidance to districts and schools. However, every state addresses bullying differently.
StopBullying.gov created a guide to bullying prevention at school.
- Assess bullying in your schoo
- Engage parents and youth
- Create policies and rules
- Build a safe environment
- Educate students and school staff
Tom Strasburger, Vice President, Strategic Alliances at PublicSchoolWORKS, echoes many of these points in the June issue of School Business Affairs. In his article titled “The Case of Bullying: Implementing Effective, Sustainable Initiatives,” Strasburger discusses the importance of crating clear procedures and educating stakeholders, documenting all actions (which will make it easier to assess the bullying climate at your school) and outlining and communicating consequences. This will create a sustainable and effective bullying prevention program to keep schools safer and eliminate risk – all while staying in compliance with state laws and/or policies. To read the article, click here.