Segment 1 - Bullying
Segment 2 - Cyber Bullying (i feel like it needs its own segment)
Segment 3 - Bullying in Adults
Segment 4 - Effects of Bullying
Segment 5 - What can we do about bullying/cyberbullying?
Establish principles to combat bullying in your classroom — things like requirements for inclusion, respectful ways of speaking to one another, and acceptable forms of conflict resolution — and make sure that all students agree to those principles at the beginning of each school year. I have to emphasize the importance of referring students back to these principles regularly.
2. Practice Active Listening With Your Students
“Teachers who keep an open mind while actively listening to students begin to cultivate a classroom environment that fosters acceptance and kindness between students, minimizing the chances for bullying situations,” Practicing active listening allows teachers to not only convey that their classroom is a safe place, but also model behavior that is accepting and kind. This provides students with a positive example of how to treat others or potentially handle difficult situations if they arise.
3. Learn to Identify the Typical Signs of Bullying
Look for students who have any sudden change in behavior without obvious explanation. For example, a bullied student may stop spending time with friends they were once close to or might sit through the lunch period without eating their food. If you see examples of this in your own classroom, it may be a good idea to have a private discussion with the student who is acting differently to see if there is something going on in his or her life,”
4. Empower Students to Break the Cycle of Bullying
Your students can be integral in helping to prevent bullying from becoming an issue in your classroom. One of the most effective ways to prevent bullying in schools is to empower students to break the cycle by teaching them ways to confront bullying behavior. “I tell my students that if they’re faced with a bully, they can choose to empathize with them, as something must truly be going wrong in their own lives to be taking it out on you,”. Offer the following phrases to your students as options when confronting a bully:
“I’m so sorry for what it is that’s bothering you.”
“Do you want to talk about what’s going on in your life?”
“If you ever need someone to talk to, I’ll be here for you.”
But above all else, stress the importance of confronting bullies with a level head. It can be helpful for some students to confront bullies without any emotion or aggression because it shows they’re no longer a victim.