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EdieRaether
EdieRaether , Teacher asks:
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Bullying : Should schools or parents be responsible?

What are action steps schools and educators could be taking to prevent bullying or to better intervene. What are the limitations and how can be best overcome?
In Topics: Bullying and teasing, Cyber bullying
> 60 days ago

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AnnieFox
Dec 22, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

The short answer is that educators AND parents are responsible for changing the Culture of Cruelty that is persists in schools. Teasing, bullying, shunning, gossiping and other hurtful and exclusionary behaviors are permitted... which is why they persist. Every adult who lives or works with kids, tweens and teens needs to understand that it is up to us to make sure that kids treat each other with respect. We start by treating them with respect, letting them know we're monitoring their behavior. we need to publicly acknowledge compassion and kindness when we see it. Conversely we need to follow-through when behavior fails to meet community standards of respect. Gone are the days when the old "Kids will be kids" excuse is going to fly. We must do a better job teaching our students and our own children that Cruel's Not Cool! No way, not ever. Kids need our help in school where 90% of students say they have experienced or witnessed bullying and yet only 10% of them have reported it. Please check out these 5 Tips for Parents and Educators on Helping to Reduce Bullying. http://bit.ly/dUQgcc
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