The first step if you want to stop bullying is to identify it as a problem. Here are a few ways you can do that:
Bringing in a School Speaker – A school speaker can be a tremendous help in getting the ball rolling in the right direction. Bringing in a speaker who can talk to your school about the long-term and short-term effects of bullying can help to open your school’s eyes to the fact that bullying isn’t okay, that it does a lot of harm, and that it should be reported.
Send Out a Bullying Survey – Having students fill out a survey on bullying can be a great way to get a feel of how big of a problem bullying is in your school, what kind of bullying is taking place and how your students feel about it. A survey can take 10 or 20 minutes out of your school day but will ultimately do you a world of good in letting you get a grasp on the problem before you try to attack it.
Define Bullying – It goes without saying that a school really shouldn’t tolerate bullying, but in today’s over-reactive society, it’s not always easy to tell the difference between bullying, a couple of friends playfully teasing one another or innocent playing around during a lunch break. It’s only with training and intuition that your staff will be able to clearly identify bullying. This definition doesn’t cover all of it, and sometimes there are exceptions, so again, rely on training and intuition: Bullying is defined as being any physical or verbal behavior intended to intimidate, threaten, hurt, taunt or torment another student.