As we head into the month of October, please consider adding lessons about Bullying and teach students ways to take a stand against bullying. First, educate your students on the difference between a mean student verses a bully. A bully repeatedly does things that are mean. Next, teach your students that they need to use their voice. They need to say “No” to bullies and tell a trusted adult. Lastly, stopping bullying starts with them. They have a choice to be kind and create trusting friendships.
Why should we teach our students about Bullying?
According to dosomething.org
- Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
- Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
- 17% of American students report being bullied 2 to 3 times a month or more within a school semester.
- 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time.
- By age 14 less than 30% of boys and 40% of girls will talk to their peers about bullying.
- Over 67% of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.
- 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
- 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
- 1 in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
- As boys age they are less and less likely to feel sympathy for victims of bullying. In fact they are more likely to add to the problem than solve it.
- Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.
Blue is the color of Anti-Bullying Month. Think of creative ways to incorporate this color into your classroom or school. Maybe every Wednesday have your students wear blue? What are your ideas?
Next week, I will give you some ideas to create an bully free schools/classrooms and resources that promote kindness.