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Every teacher has the power to shape a child's life. 

Everyday, teachers and school staff work in the environment where most reported  bullying takes place.  Helping to create a safe and supportive environment for your students is essential in stopping bullying.  Teachers and administrators should be knowledgeable of all of anti-bullying policies, resources and support systems that are in place to help students who are victims of bullying.

               * Teachers should learn what bullying is and what the signs of bullying are.

               * School staff should establish a safe school climate for all students.

               * Students should be educated about the dynamics of bullying.

               * Learn how to positively engage students and parents about bullying.

The DO's

               * Address the bullying immediately.

               * Refer to school rules regarding bullying.

               * Support the bullied child.  Also, refer the bullier to appropriate services.

               * Offer guidance to bystanders on how to appropriately intervene.

               * Impose consequences after all parties have calmed down.

               * Notify colleagues and parents.

               * Follow up and intervene as necessary.

The DON'Ts

               * Do not confuse bullying with conflict. Bullying is a form of victimization and addressing it as just simple conflict can downplay the severity of the incident.

               * Do NOT use peer mediation. Having a victim face the bully can be very upsetting.  Allowing the bully an equal voice can empower the bully and may make the victim feel worse.

Source: www.tolerance.org

Helpful Websites for Teachers:

National Education Association: Teaching Students to Prevent Bullying

Responding To Bullying

A Collection of Resources about Bullying and Cyberbullying

Lesson Plans That Address Bullying

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