Let’s Prevent Bullying This day in age, most of our children enjoy going to school. They are excited to see their friends and meet new ones. However there are some that don’t want to go to school, due to the fact that there is bullying in the schools. Too many children are bullied today in our schools and the school administrators and parents need to help prevent this from happening. There are many types of bullying. The first type is physical bullying.
Some examples are: punching, poking, strangling, hair pulling, eating, biting and excessive tickling. The second type of bullying is verbal bullying. Some examples are: hurtful name calling, teasing and gossiping. The third type of bullying Is emotional bullying. Examples of emotional bullying include rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, humiliating, blackmailing, and rating/rankling of personal characteristics such as race, dillydally, ethnicity, or perceived sexual orientation and peer pressure. Then there Is the fourth type of bullying which Is sexual bullying.
Examples of sexual bullying include many of the actions listed above s well as exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual propositioning, sexual harassment and abuse involving actual physical contact and sexual assault. When bullying occurs who gets hurt by it? Bullying and harassment often interferes with learning. Bullying usually occurs away from the eyes of teachers or parents and or other responsible adults. Victims of bullying can suffer far more than actual physical harm; their grades may suffer because attention is drawn away from their learning.
Fear may lead to absenteeism In school and also truancy or drop outs may occur. Some victims may to develop self-esteem, experience feelings of Isolation and may become withdrawn and depressed. Some will take measures Into their own hands. Some victims will turn to fighting back, carrying weapons or even seclude. Often victims are more likely to grow up anxious and insecure, displaying depression. Instinct bystanders and peers of bullying victims can be distracted from getting a good education.
This is due to the fact that they are afraid to associate with the victim for fear of their own status from the bully and becoming a victim themselves. They fear reporting bullying incidents because they do not want to be called names from their friends or looked down upon from them. Some people also experience feelings of guilt or helplessness for not standing up to the bully on behalf of their classmates. One might feel unsafe, unable to take action or a loss of control. Bullies themselves are also at risk for long- term negative outcomes.
Several suggest that bullying early childhood may be an early sign of the development of violent tendencies, delinquency and criminality. A comprehensive approach to the bullying Is to have school-level inventions. One’s experience suggest that comprehensive efforts that Involve teachers and other school staff, students, parents and community members are likely to be more effective than with questionnaires to determine the nature and extent of the bullying problems at the school.
Formation of a bullying prevention coordinating committee which is made up of small groups of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school staff, who would plan and monitor the school’s activities. The school needs to have a teacher in- service day to set day and review the findings from the questionnaires, and discuss he problems of bullying and come up with a plan the for the school’s violence prevention efforts.
School administrators can also have school wide events to launch the programs. For safety measures there needs to be added supervision in place at hot spots and in the bullying zones. As school personal, be sure to get Parents involved in school activities. There are plenty of programs such as PTA meetings, school open houses and special violence prevention at school. As a parent and a school official we need to get everyone involved to help stop the bullying in schools.