Be a Buddy not a Bully
Bullying is the act of habitually or regularly harming and or intimidating others. Contrary to popular beliefs, victims of bullying are not always weaker, smaller, or less capable of defending themselves.
If bullying is supported by a group of students, those that appear strong(er) can feel intimidated or threatened as well.
Thus, take all accusations or complaints of bullying seriously.
Focus on What you can do!
We can’t control every situation, neither do we want to place the blame for these occurrences.
Care! Don’t ignore bullying complaints. Investigate.
Students respond to their environment. Spend time at lunch, recess, and specials observing students’ behaviors and habits.
Sweat the small stuff!
Plan “Kindness” months and incentivize random acts of kindness, highlighting students who embody positive characteristics.
Where Does Bullying Happen?
Bullying can occur inside general or special education classrooms, and during lunch, recess, and specials. However, two common places where bullying occurs are lunch and recess. Discipline is less rigid during this time, as they allow students to socialize, making lunch and recess less structured spaces.
Students often feel more secure inside of the general or special education classrooms because:
Most of the time is spent here.
Talk to your children about positive behavior.
Get to know other parents.
Meet regularly with teachers.
Be conscious of how you speak to your children, they reflect your behavior.
Stand up and say something!
Talk to a teacher in private.
Encourage each others throughout the day. Kindness begets kindness.