The training also focuses on identifying bullying behaviors, as well as the roles played by targets and bystanders. Additionally, participants will learn about some of the most current bullying issues, including cyberbullying, sexting, and hazing.
Bullying usually takes place in the context of other peers. Bystanders are typically part of the problem, as many students either just watch or even instigate aggression, without reporting the situation to an adult or intervening to help the targeted child. However, bystanders can be motivated and taught to become part of the solution. In this workshop, students learn what research (Youth Voice Project, 2010) has shown to be the most effective ways to help a peer who is being bullied or harassed.
The message from research on bullying prevention is both loud and clear. Bullying is indeed a serious and pervasive problem. However, for schools that are willing to commit resources, time and personnel to comprehensive bullying prevention programs, it is possible to reduce bullying significantly and provide students and teachers with a safe and supportive learning community.
(For school staff)
Best Practices In Bullying Prevention
The recent focus on bullying and bullying prevention has resulted in a bewildering array of information, programs, and recommendations. In this workshop, participants will experience a “guided tour” through the best practices in the field. The session includes explanations and illustrations of the 10 Best Practices from the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) Stop Bullying now campaign:
- Focus on the social environment of the school
- Assess bullying at your school
- Get staff and parent support for bullying prevention
- Form a group to coordinate the school’s bullying prevention activities
- Train your entire staff in bullying prevention
- Establish and enforce school rules and policies related to bullying
- Increase adult supervision in hot spots where bullying occurs
- Intervene consistently and appropriately in bullying situations.
- Focus some class time on bullying prevention
- Continue these efforts over time.
Also covered in this workshop are the following topics:
- Important recent research findings about what does and doesn’t make things better for kids who are being bullied
- Information and recommendations about the role of bias in bullying prevention
- Recommendations about how to effectively utilize peer leaders in bullying prevention