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Philivay
Philivay asks:
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How do you stop bullying in your school?

In Topics: Back to school, Bullying and teasing, Friendships and peer relationships
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
May 12, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

You're not alone in wanting bullying to stop in your child's school. Bullying has become a widespread problem in schools across America.   The first step to alleviating bullying is to talk to the school counselor and principal about the issue. It is the teachers and administration of a school that set the tone for students, so it's up to them to make other studens realize that bullying will not be tolerated.

If you feel like your concerns are not being addressed or taken seriously by the counselor and/or principal, take your concerns higher up in the school district by talking to the school board, or superintendent for your school or district. Make sure that you are documenting specific incidences of bullying on paper. When you meet with the school about your concerns bring written documentation of those incidences and the initial response from the counselor and principal.

Stay with the issue until you feel like some action has been taken. Chances are, your child is not the only one experiencing bullying. Sometimes it takes just one person to lead the path of bringing bullying to the forefront of the minds of school administration. Don't be afraid to take the lead and get help for those kids that are not being treated respectfully at school.

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JoeBruzzese
JoeBruzzese , Teacher, Parent writes:
Big topic! The answer starts at the top with a school's administration (principal, headmaster/mistress). Without a proactive plan coming from the top, bullying often goes unnoticed and when reported, fails to gain significant attention until physical violence occurs. Unfortunately, main children are bullied online or through verbal taunts, which leave mental scars.

A great place to begin is by asking your school principal to outline the school's bullying policy. Check this against the state's bullying legislation. A quick google of your state's name and bullying legislation should provide you with all of the information required.

I have included a few links below where you can learn more about bullying in schools.

Joe Bruzzese

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suse
suse writes:
I go see someone in charge ant tell them whats goig on and what the promblem is.
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TheTrainer
TheTrainer writes:
Bullying seems to be a continually escalating issue within our schools. Some schools have a zero tolerance policy and some even have anti bullying programs in place. However, sometimes this is not enough. School Administrators, Teachers, Parents, and even Students, should undergo Preventative bullying training that helps to prevent and regulate bullying. Courses should cover how to handle bullying situations appropriately, identify why bullies resort to bullying, what can target a victim, retaliation of the victim, and risks involved with retaliation. It should also cover what individuals (school administrators and parents) can do to appease these situations to decrease the risk of both the bully and the victim. There is a free course you can check out that is a comprehensive preventative bullying course. This is something that may be beneficial for you to forward to the administrators at your child's school. http://www.coggno.com/onlinetraining/school-bullying-bully-awareness-for-administrators-teachers-and-parents-4

This is an interactive course, and covers invaluable points and topics, including the rise of cyberbullying.

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bpetrarca
bpetrarca writes:
I am aware of a new program that introduces an age-appropriate vocabulary around behavioral differences and what children can say and do to deal with those differences and begin to form their own self-identity at an early age.  A school district in Massachusetts has had good results with the 3rd/4th grade program called Kids Style.  More information at the site attached and the parents-oriented eBook is on iTunes.  You might want to check it out.
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DesMarie123
DesMarie123 writes:
To stop bullying at school i know this may not seem like it will work but just trust me, as much as these children bully you alls you have to do is ignore them for a little bit and then ignore them when they approach you. Some children may bully because of difficulties at home, but as soon as you show that it does not bother you they will not continue that type of behavior.
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