The new school year is an opportunity for parents and teachers to put fresh emphasis on bullying prevention by supporting the development of healthy social groups and friendships.
Here are some daily tips for getting the school year off to a good start. These “press the reset button” ground rules also work well at the start of a new semester or outside school hours – for after-school teams or group activities. They work at home, too – anytime you want to clear the air and start fresh.
We’ll post a new tip each day, adding to our bullying prevention “toolkit”. Check back daily!
20 Tips For Bully-Free Schools – Tip #6
Keep Kids Grounded In Respect For Self & Others.
Identify or create activities, during and after school, where kids can find friends and adults who value respect. Having even 1 good friend, who also values respect, is great protection from bullying. For kids who don’t have enough friends, or are having troubles with current friends, a new social environment, after-school sport, or club is a great way to bolster a child’s confidence and sense of competence.