Best Practices for Administrators
Review your specific Anti-Bullying legislation.
Implement a comprehensive, school-wide Anti-Bullying program.
Provide continuing education on the school’s policy and operating procedures.
Define specific roles and responsibilities for your faculty and staff.
Lead by example. Make sure everyone in your building has the opportunity to see you take a firm stand against bullying.
Take time to listen to your faculty, staff and students about how your program is received.
Create education and engagement opportunities for parents and community members.
Provide resources for students who have been bullied to ensure their physical and mental safety.
Take this as serious as any other major challenge you have in your building.
If you don’t have time to set it all up, hire it out. It will be worth if for your staff and your students.
Best Practices for Teachers, Counselors and Staff
Help develop a comprehensive, school-wide anti-bullying program.
Know your school’s anti-bullying policy and specific operating procedures.
Create a healthy climate in your classroom. Ensure that all students know bullying will not be tolerated.
Use case studies and relevant stories to illustrate how bullying impacts students.
Lead by example. Be accepting and encourage all students.
Share your story. Let students know your “core” and how you have worked through set-backs and failures to become a successful educator.
Be aware of potential problem situations and have conversations with both students.
Keep lines of communication open. Always make parent contact when bullying occurs, even when you have handled it. Document all parent contact.
When a situation escalates, take it to an administrator, keeping documentation of what you have done. You should still call the parent. Don’t assume someone else will handle it.
Best Practice for Students
The most important thing is to believe in yourself, embrace your differences, and be proud of who you are.
Find the good in others. Everyone has something positive to offer, discover and embrace it.
Don’t just stand by; help students who are being bullied.
Report it - Get a teacher or principal involved.
Reach out - Talk to the person being bullied to see if they are doing okay.
Know what bullying is. Make sure you have read and understand what your school policy is on bullying.
What process does the school have in place to help you or others? Each school should give a step-by-step process for you to follow to get help.
Who are the key people in your building who can help you? Is your principal, teacher, coach or counselor the best person for you to talk to first?
Don’t be afraid to talk with your parents about what’s going on and how you feel. Get some advice on what options you have to handle the situation.
Never assume assume that an adult saw or heard it. You may have to be the one to report it.
Be specific when you make a report. Give details of what exactly happened - when, where and who was involved. Make sure to have names or clear descriptions of those involved. Do not expect results from reports such as, “they were talking about me.”
Best Practices Parents
Bandage the emotional wounds first. When your child is the victim of bullying, remember to help heal their pain before moving forward to handle the rest of the situation. They need to know they are loved more than anything else.
Work to develop a strong sense of value and self-worth in your child. Reinforce the positive choices they make and the things that make them special.
Lead by example. Show your children through your actions what is expected of them. Do not pass judgment on others just because they are different. Teach your children to be kind and accepting of others.
Know the anti-bullying policy at your child’s school. Follow the specific procedures put in place when reporting a bullying incident.
Work with the school, not against them, in order to accomplish a positive end result.
Monitor your child’s social networking sites and cell phone use. Know all login information and periodically check for suspicious posts, Tweets, texts, photos and videos.
Take the extra step to help your child develop into a confident student leader. Check out Mr. Mojo’s books and audio programs to further the healthy growth of your student.