Since 2006, October has been recognized in the United States as National Bullying Prevention Month to acknowledge the devastating effects that bullying can have on children and their families. Bullying is a serious problem that can have long-lasting effects on a child’s emotional and physical well-being. Fortunately, there are things educators can do to help prevent bullying before it starts. One of these things is to create an environment where all children feel safe and valued.
Create a Climate of Respect
To make sure that all children feel emotionally safe, it is important to create a climate of respect. Setting clear expectations for student behavior and responding quickly and appropriately to incidents of disrespect models respectful behavior. Another way to ensure emotional safety is to provide opportunities for all students to experience success. When children feel like they are succeeding at school, they are more likely to have positive self-esteem. This makes them less likely to engage in bully behavior.
Most importantly, it is essential for educators to build relationships with all students. When children feel like they have trusted adults in their corner, they are more likely to come to them with problems—including problems with bullying. Educators can build relationships with their students by taking the time to get to know them as individuals. They can also show genuine interest in their lives outside of school and be consistent when interacting with them.
Meet Emotional Needs
Emotional safety and meeting emotional needs is essential for preventing bullying before it starts. By making sure that all children feel safe, loved, and valued at school, educators can create an environment in which bullying is less likely to occur. Our Bullying Prevention program focuses on this emotional side of the bullying process. It works by assessing user skills and assigning skill enhancement activities for developing a healthy personality. To learn more, schedule a demo today.