How to deal with bullying at school

8/9/2017
Bullying
The effects of bullying can be long-lasting.

When I was a school principal, one of the most challenging parts of my role was dealing with the complex matter of bullying.

It is complex because it usually involves many people and often many perspectives. While it is critical schools handle these matters sensitively and in a timely manner, it is also important for parents and students to understand what bullying is.

What may have been meant as lighthearted teasing in the playground or on the sporting field, or a dispute between two friends over access to a computer game isn’t bullying. These comments can be unpleasant, but they not the same as behaviour that is repetitive and involves someone being physically, emotionally or psychologically injured.

Bullying is about someone exerting power over another. Bullying that takes place over a long time can cause serious harm. It impacts on a student’s self-esteem, their ability to focus and learn, and on their relationships with other students and families. The effects of bullying can sometimes last a lifetime.

It is critical young people speak up when the behaviour of others moves beyond something lighthearted to something that is intended to cause injury.

Many schools empower students by giving them strategies to respond to bullying when it occurs. Teaching students how to solve problems, resolve conflict, ask for help, and develop empathy are all ways that can minimise the negative effects of bullying.


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Posted By Greg Whitby, NewsLocal at 4/10/2017 12:46:52 PM
 
   
  
 

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