Bullying in schools is one of the biggest educational issues that school administrators, teachers, students, and parents deal with today. It is an epidemic that has caught America’s eye primarily due to the high number of teenage suicides that have been traced back to bullying. Bullying has always been a problem, but within the last decade the problem has exploded due in large part to cyber bullying which has enabled kids to be bullied outside of normal school hours with minimal way to monitor it. Schools should be at the forefront of preventing bullying. However, it is not an easy task. Types of bullying can include physical bullying, verbal bullying, emotional bullying, exclusion, and cyber bullying. Although no report of bullying should be ignored or taken lightly, each case of bullying is unique and should be treated as such.  Students in our schools should feel safe at all times. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  Schools must take steps towards making their schools bully free.  Especially cyber bullying, but a good bullying prevention program can help deter those who choose to be a bully, it will be virtually impossible to rid your school of bullying completely.

 

Steps to prevent bullying in schools

School administrators must never take any bullying case lightly. However all factors should be taken into consideration when making a student discipline decision about bullying. Those factors can include previous issues with bullying, age, time frame, and the incident itself. School administrators must take the time to collect all the evidence they can in a bullying issue. Bullies who continuously get away with bullying or get by with light consequences will likely continue to bully. Administrators in school are those who hold those students accountable for their actions taking into account all factors as a whole. It is better to be too hard on the bully than to be too easy in the case of bullying. Correcting the behavior the first time bullying occurs will save you a lot of headaches down the road. No administrator wants one of their students to hurt themselves or kill themselves because they are being bullied. This is why it is critical that bullies be given tough consequences. You never want a student or parent to be able to say that you don’t take bullying situations seriously. Our young people have become numb to this sort of thing. That in itself speaks in large volumes as to why bullying has become such an epidemic globally. Providing students with comprehensive bullying education is the key factor in preventing bullying issues in school. Anti-bullying education must become a priority in schools. Schools must not take for granted that all their students know what a bully is and how to deal with one. The truth is that many young people don’t. Schools must develop programs and curriculum designed to educate students about all facets of bullying. Those can include what bullying is, what it looks like, how to deal directly with a bully, how to prevent yourself from being bullied, how to prevent others from being bullied, etc.