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Preventing bullying in schools

Preventing Bullying in Schools

By: Whitney Conyers

Bullying statistics
Bullying Statistics

  • 1 in 7 students are either bullies or victims of bullying

  • 56% of students have witnessed bullying

  • 15% of absent students are directly related to fear of being bullied

  • 71% of students have reported bullying problems at their school

  • 1 out of 20 students have seen other students with a gun at school


Effects of bullying
Effects of Bullying

The bullied student

The bully

  • Negative attitudes toward school

  • Physical Issues

  • Mental Issues

    • Depression, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, thoughts/attempts of suicide, retaliation (school shootings)

  • Negative attitudes toward school

  • Engage in early sexual activity

  • Lead to violence during adulthood

    • Abuse towards loved ones

    • Alcohol or drug use

    • Criminal backgrounds


Issues that lead to bullying
Issues that lead to bullying

  • Environmental factors

    • Violence in the media - television, movies, newspapers/magazines, video games

  • Social factors

    • Poor friendships and poor social interactions at school

  • Bystanders

    • Presence of bystanders can lead to bulling situations

  • Home life

    • Dysfunctional families or abuse at home


Why children don t report a bully
Why children don’t report a bully

  • Afraid that the bully might bully them more

  • Other students teasing them for reporting the bully

  • May think that telling wouldn’t do any good

  • Self blame, ex: being bullied because of something the child has done or what they look like

  • Secrecy, where only the bully and the victim, and maybe some bystanders know what is going on


Warning signs
Warning Signs

  • Unexplained damage or tears in clothes or personal items

  • Physical abuse; bruises, cuts, scrapes

  • Loss of friends

  • Don’t participate in activities with peers

  • Loss of interest in hobbies

  • Sad, moody, depressed moods

  • Problems sleeping at night

  • Constant headaches, stomachaches or other illness

  • Drop in academic achievements

  • Thoughts or attempts of suicide


Cyber bullying

  • Definition: Bullying through technology

  • It can occur through text messages, Facebook, Twitter, e-mails, etc.

  • It can happen 24 hours a day.

  • Posts can be distributed quickly, ex. Posts all over the web by sending it on facebook or emails.

  • Removing embarrassing posts after they are on the web is very difficult


Bullying outside of school
Bullying outside of school

  • Bullying can occur at anytime, not just at school. Older students that go out on the weekends can be bullied or bully others.

  • It can occur at school events like football or basketball games, or it could occur on school field trips.

  • Teachers might not be able to help outside of school, but the victim could still inform them of what is going on and they can tell them who could help them.

How can we help
How can we help?

  • Conduct a survey to determine how often bullying occurs.

  • Encourage parents and the community to inform students on how important it is not to bully

  • Create rules and policies for bullying with consequences

  • Build a safe environment

  • Encourage students to report bullying if/

  • when it happens.


How to report bullying
How to report bullying

  • Tell a teacher

  • Tell the principal

  • Inform your parents

  • Tell the school counselor

  • Tell the school nurse

  • Tell any school staff, they can inform a teacher or the principal

  • Let a friend know, they could go with the victim to tell someone else so they’re not alone

  • Report to police if it is an extreme case

Therapy groups
Therapy groups

  • A therapy group could help students cope with the trauma they might have experienced

  • To locate a therapy group contact a local hospital, police station, or most schools have information.

  • Most groups are private, where the victim remains anonymous or it can be one on one with a psychiatrist