Bullying Prevention Strategies In Early Childhood Education
Psychologists are driving efforts to get effective, research-based bullying-prevention and intervention programs into schools. A study conducted on gay, lesbian and bisexual youth in 14 cities in the U.S revealed that "80% reported verbal abuse, 44% reported threats of attack, 33% reported having objects thrown at them and 30% reported being chased or followed in schools". Together these tools enable state health departments to assess their current capacity to address bullying and determine any gaps and needs.
Designed to promote an anti-bullying message throughout the school, the policy should outline the roles, responsibilities and procedures for staff and other adults including parents and community volunteers; reporting steps for students and staff dealing with bullying incidents; a code of conduct for students; response protocols; and consequences for bullying (Lumsden, 2002; Pepler & Craig, 2000; Smith, 2000).
If you think your child is bullying others, it is important to discuss the behavior and make it clear that bullying is taken very seriously. A Meta-Evaluation of Methods and Approaches to Reducing Bullying in Pre-Schools and Early Primary School in Australia.
Key to this is co-chairing the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP), a cross-government working group charged with coordinating federal efforts on bullying prevention. Remind the bully about school and classroom rules, reiterate what behavior is expected, and discuss sanctions that will be imposed for future bullying behavior.
Parents can also contribute to bullying prevention by instilling certain values in their children, such as kindness and empathy. It may be necessary to utilize a variety of mechanisms for identifying projects (e.g. administrative database, discussions with staff, other project lists), and this may require more time and resources.
Ongoing meetings between parents and school staff. The development of partnerships with parents, business, and community members was one of the "underlying strategies" of the Together We Light the Way model. Health Canada has also developed a student needs assessment questionnaire, Voices and Choices Footnote 12 , which examines a variety of student health issues in the school, including bullying.
Bullying at School Washington, DC. The John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex County developed a small five-session group counselling module for children in grades 6 and 7 exhibiting aggressive or violent behaviour, including bullying. School interventions can go a long way toward preventing bullying.
Police forces around the country have developed school-based programs to address violence in schools. When bullying occurs, teachers can use intervention techniques that can help both the victims and the bullies. As such, (nurses, mental health care workers) the health and human services (social worker) can assist in the treatment of victims and the prevention of further bullying (Health Canada, 2002).
In an analysis of Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, the CDC found that middle school students who bully were more likely to report recent use of alcohol and drugs (CDC, 2011a). Community-based programs are not addressed here, but can also include multiple stakeholders including the two groups indicated below.
Two or three decades ago, we knew very little, and were unable to provide effective support for teachers, schools, parents and young people. Research the rules and guidelines that your organization has set for bullying or other unacceptable behaviors (if they exist).
If your child is being bullied, it's important you don't confront the bully or the bully's parent yourself. In any bullying incident there are likely to be three antibullying nonprofit parties involved: the bully, the person being bullied, and bystanders. Bullying behavior interventions may include teaching social skills such as friendship, empathy and anger management in one-on-one settings, not in a group setting.