It’s no secret that bullying has been a problem in schools for years. Research reveals that children turn to their parents and caregivers for advice and help before making difficult decisions. Bullying at school is often the cause of many students’ depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Not only does bullying affect the student being bullied, but it also affects those who witness bullying as well as the bully themselves. Sometimes spending 15 minutes a day talking can show children that they can talk to their parents if they have a problem.
It is important to address bullying at school because not doing so can lead to bigger problems down the road. In this blog post, we will discuss some ways a student can deal with bullying at school!
What is Bullying?
Bullying is the repeated mistreatment of one person by another either physically, verbally, or emotionally. It can be bullying on a personal level between two people such as in bullying at school, and it also includes bullying on an institutional level like bullying in the workplace or even cyberbullying which happens online.
The most important step in dealing with bullying at school is reporting the bullying to a trusted adult. This can be a teacher, counsellor, or principal. By reporting bullying incidents, it will show authorities that these behaviours are not tolerated and this may prevent bullying from happening again in the future.
Let’s talk about ways in which you can alleviate bullying at school.
4 Ways to Deal with Bullying at school
1. Make students understand different kinds of bullying at school
It is very important for a student what bullying is, what kind of bullying they are facing, and when they should stand up for themselves. Some people think that being teased about things such as their weight or appearance is not bullying at all because it does not involve a power imbalance, but in reality, this may leave children feeling hurt and excluded just the same. Talking about bullying directly is an important step in understanding how bullying could be affecting children. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, but it is important that you encourage children to answer them honestly. Remind children that they are not alone in dealing with any problems that may arise.
2. Establish communication amongst every child
Every child needs to feel comfortable with each other in the class. The initiative should be taken to establish relationships amongst each one of them so that bullying can be prevented and children will no longer have a fear of going to school because they know their peers are there for them.
Establish communication amongst all students, including those who feel hesitant to participate willingly and those who may not want to participate at all.
Encourage children to voice their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment with other classmates present, such as during class discussions or group work. This will allow bullying victims the chance to speak up about what’s bothering them without fear of being shamed by others for admitting that they are scared. Bullying can happen when a student feels like they’re not able to speak up about what’s happening because of fear or other reasons. It’s also essential that the person who is being bullied feel comfortable with speaking out and talking openly without being judged, for some immediate action.
3. Don’t leave any incident of bullying at school unaddressed
A student should not persevere bullying alone. You should report bullying to a teacher or school staffer. Do not keep students isolated. Bullying is not just about physical harm, but also verbal and emotional abuse. Bullies often target students with low self-esteem or students who are introverted and timid.
If bullying persists, the student should contact the parent or guardian for help. Parents can talk to their children’s teachers about bullying and request that they create an anti-bullying plan for the school. If parents learn of bullying from other sources (such as television), it is important that they tell their child’s school.
Parents can also tell their children to talk about bullying with a safe adult who is not at the child’s school. Additionally, bullying prevention should start in elementary school and teach kids how to be safe on social media.
4. Never ask Questions to a Victim in Front of Other Students
It’s too tough for a student to explain what he or she has gone through. And if the victim has not yet been able to tell the bullying story, it can be intimidating for him or her to speak in front of their peers.
Just like bullying by an adult at work, bullying among students is a form of harassment and discrimination that needs to be dealt with swiftly and firmly. If you see bullying going on around you, don’t ignore it.
Bullying at school is a rampant problem that needs to be addressed. It affects many people in different ways, but bullying can lead to bullying victims feeling isolated and alone. We can help the children in our society by signing up for bullying awareness. There are different ways to help, from volunteering time at a school to donating and spreading the word about bullying prevention or joining an anti-bullying campaign.
Educating students on how they can be agents of change is another approach schools take when preventing bullying. Many institutions offer lessons geared towards understanding empathy and practising skills such as respecting others’ differences and learning non-violent conflict resolution techniques before violence.
If you or someone you know is being bullied, please reach out to a school counsellor for help. Let us stand for one another and help in the prevention of this fatal issue.