10 Best-Practice Strategies for Preventing Bullying in Schools

Despite the heightened awareness in recent years, bullying continues to be a problem that affects students everywhere. According to a recent US federal government report, more than one quarter of American students ages 12 to 18—over 8 million children—were bullied during the school year.

Children who are bullied are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and loneliness, as well as suffer from physical symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, stomach aches, and poor appetites. And they view school as a stressful environment rather than a learning one.

But there are measures that every teacher can take to reduce bullying in their classrooms and schools. The following best practices come from the US Health and Human Resources website and offer proven strategies for intervention and prevention of bullying.

  1. Focus on the social environment
  2. Assess bullying at the school
  3. Obtain staff and parent buy-in
  4. Form a bullying prevention group
  5. Provide prevention training for staff
  6. Establish and enforce school rules and policies
  7. Increase adult supervision in “hot spots”
  8. Intervene consistently and appropriately
  9. Devote class time to prevention
  10. Continue efforts over time

A thorough examination of bullying, including the latest strategies for dealing with LGBTQ bullying, is available in six video segments on Edivate (search for “bullying” in Edivate).

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