Bullying Prevention: An Action Plan for Parents and Teachers

Bullying has grown into a threat of pandemic proportions, with thousands of kids becoming its target every year. Parents and teachers need to make a collaborative effort to create a safe environment where kids can prosper physically, psychologically and academically without any fear. Here are a few bullying prevention tips to guide parents and teachers on how to stop bullying in homes and schools.

Start With Your Home

Kids do not become a bully overnight. It is a slow process with domestic environment playing a significant role in it. If any of your kids teases his siblings, fights with them for no apparent reasons, scolds them, shouts at them, or shows any other aggressive behavior, then you must stop him before it becomes his habit.

Remain Vigilant and Well-informed

Bullying mostly takes place behind closed doors, in the washroom, locker room, playground, crowded hallways, and all other places where there is no supervision. Parents and teachers should supervise the kids to make sure they do not become the cause of pain for others. It is important to mention that your kid may not always be a bully, but a victim of bullying. In both the cases, you should know what’s happening in his life, and this is only possible if you keep a close eye on him.

Set Clear Expectations for Teens

Parents and teachers should repeatedly tell kids that they won’t tolerate bullying and that anyone involved in it will have to face the consequences. In addition, teach kids values like empathy and compassion so that they can feel the pain of others. Encourage them to stay calm instead of getting rude or violent on little things.

Use Technology to Set Restrictions

You may also use technology to your advantages, especially when it comes to cyberbullying. Install a parental control app on your kids’ devices to stay updated about their online activities so that you can take an immediate action if anyone tries to harass them on social media or through texting. It is also important to educate them about cyberbullying and its consequences. Tell them not to respond to the threatening emails and harsh comments even if they are sent from friends. Teachers should also give video presentations on safe use of internet, as well as bullying and its consequences in order to discourage this behavior among teens and encourage the victims of bullying to step forward and seek help.

Take Immediate Action if Needed

If your kid is repeatedly showing bullying behavior, then it's best to talk with his teacher and school management instead of keeping it with yourself. If they have also noticed the same thing, then it means the issue is serious. It’s time to talk with the kid directly in order to make him realize what he is doing is not acceptable. You may consult the therapist if the problem persists. In the same way, if your kid has lost interest in everything and prefers staying alone most of the times, then chances are he is a victim of bullying and he needs your help.

Your kid needs your help whether he is a bully or a victim of bullying. With your guidance and support, he can definitely get out of this problem, but it may need some time so remain patient.

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