Bullying and Physical Violence in Schools

What is Bullying?

Bullying is a major concern in our society. Bullying occurs when a person is targeted, over time, with repeated negative actions. Bullying involves an imbalance of power so that the person being victimized has trouble defending him/herself.

What can you do if your child is being bullied?

  • Take bullying seriously.
  • Listen and be supportive.
  • Reassure your child that it is not his or her fault.
  • Ask about what actions you can both take to solve the problem.
  • Promise to check with your child before taking action.
  • Talk to the teacher and/or school administrator and ask what they can do to help if the incident occurred at school.
  • Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult.
  • Teach your child strategies to counter bullying.

What can you do if your child is bullying?

  • Stay calm.
  • Don’t minimize the behaviour.
  • Model non-violent behaviour at home.
  • Try to find out why your child is behaving this way.
  • Talk to the teacher and/or school administrator and ask what they can do to help if the incident occurred at school.
  • Try to help your child to understand what it’s like for the victim.
  • Praise your child when he or she shows empathy for others.
  • Set realistic, firm guidelines to help your child control behaviour.
  • Obtain professional help.

How can Schools & Teachers Help?

  • Don’t ignore bullying; it will not go away.
  • Have clear policies and procedures for dealing with bullying in your school.
  • Equip teachers and school staff with prevention and intervention skills and strategies.
  • Have a school climate and programs that teach children and staff about safety and belonging and how to get along with others.
  • Resolve the situation decisively, and in a way that supports the victim, the bully and bystanders.
  • Ensure anyone affected by the incident is given an opportunity for counseling.
  • Keep records of bullying incidents.

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