Authored by Jenna Burton

How to Prevent Bullying at School

Many of the students practice bullying at school as a part of their entertainment regardless of the fact that this can impact the lives of others. Many of the students can’t get over it which leads them to end their lives. Bullying should also be considered as bad as beatings and other life-threatening or criminal activities.

Bullying can happen at any time. It can be random as well as pre-planned. Students can go through it on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Most of the time the student who’s being bullied doesn’t even know what’s happening or how he/she should react to it. Sometimes it’s even neglected by the teachers, parents and other staff of the school as they’re unable to understand if it’s bullying or just a joke.

Every educational institution must find ways to stop bullying from being occurred and take steps to reduce this problem. Here are a few steps that a school/college/university must take to reduce this problem:

• Clear the definition of bullying so that, teacher/staff may be able to discriminate between bullying and teasing

The major reason why people are unable to stop the bully is that they are not aware of the difference between bullying and teasing. The staff, teachers and the students must know the difference between both. Teasing is done to irritate or provoke others meanwhile, bullying is done to harm the self-respect of others and feel the power. Pushing, hitting, calling with abusive names are also forms of bullying.

• Stop judgmental behavior; do not set the labels for specific child or behavior

Many of you would have noticed that sometimes, teachers or students judge other students. And label a student for his/her specific behavior. That can become troublesome for him/her in the future. A teacher specifically should avoid this type of insensitive behavior and should understand that students come from different backgrounds and circumstances and by doing this, they might hurt other’s sentiments and are being part of the bullying process.

• Set the rules; and make students understand what kind of behavior is expected

A school must set some rules to avoid bullying. They should tell students what kind of behavior is expected from them and what kind of behavior would not be tolerated by the school staff, teachers and students. And if they break the rules they might face some serious consequences as well.

• Promote open and empathic communications

Teacher plays a vital role in this regard. A student-teacher bonding must be this good that they can have open discussions about their problems and work together towards finding solutions. A student must know that their teacher is listening to them and they can share anything with him/her regarding school problems such as bullying.

• Parental involvement is very important

Parents must get involved in the student’s affairs and activities and should take note of what’s going on and how? Are the rules getting followed or not? They must also report to the school management if they notice changes in their children’s behavior.

• Never ignore the warning signs

A parent and teacher are very close to the students. They must never ignore the warning signs that students provide such as unjustified injuries, lack of confidence, fear or irregularity. A teacher and a parent must ask the child suffering from any of these warning signs to talk to them and help them sort things out.

• Promote awareness about the negative impacts of bullying among students

School management must spread awareness about the negative impact of bullying in the victim’s life. This must be a part of the course and should be taught in the classes so that every person knows that it’s a crime and it has a very negative impact on the life of others and the life of bullies as well.

What could be the possible reasons for students to bullying others and how to overcome it?

1. Problems

Many students have some physical or mental problems due to which other students start bullying them. If a student can’t walk properly instead of being his/her help students bully them. In this regard, school staff must take action and educate their students about the ethical principles of life.

2. The feel of power, or given too much power or authority

When a student is given too much responsibility and power he might use it in a negative way. Maybe he needs to make himself feel that he’s the authoritative person and can do whatever he wants, this feeling might lead him to bully other students.

3. Payback

Maybe, the student bullying others has also been bullied; maybe, he wants to payback and wants others to feel the pain that he has suffered himself. In this situation, we need to teach the students that you are the one who can change the rule of the thumb. If you have suffered something painful, try to make it easy for others not more difficult.

4. Peer pressure

Many of the students start bullying due to peer pressure and frustration. They need to prove themselves at every stage and their major purpose is to get recognized and accepted. They don’t even care for the consequences they might face in the near future.

5. Insecurity

Yes, you read it right. Many students do this because they feel insecure about others, for instance, a student is very good at writing, and do all his /her assignments on time and the entire teachers appreciate him/her as well. Instead of getting their help, some students envy them and start bullying them. In this case, student’s might understand the facts that if they need help they can search for writing companies and ask make my uni assignment online and get help or if they have any other problem they can correct them with the help of other students or teachers.

We need to teach our students and children to say no to Bullying!

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