With approximately 32% of students reporting being bullied at school (source: Edutopia), bullying is no longer something that we can turn a blind eye to. Bullying affects every aspect of a child’s physical, emotional, psychological and mental well-being and is no longer only physical. Online bullying now makes up a huge portion of all bullying incidents. 

Adverts like this really bring the seriousness home:

We came up with a few ways that can be used in schools to counteract bullying.

1894814_orig1. Bully Box
Create a Bully Box in which intimidated students can anonymously leave notes for the teacher about bullying incidents. Bully Box image source: Source: Noblemania

2. Buddy Bench
Buddy Benches can be extremely effective in encouraging classmates not to feel alone after they have been intimidated by a bully and feel excluded. Bunnings Warehouse are now getting involved in getting buddy benches into schools. Click here to read about the new Buddy Bench at Guardian Angels’ Wynnum

3. Class Discussions
Hold regular class discussions on playground etiquette and encourage students not to be by-standers to bullying. Make it clear where they can go to report bullying.

Two Apples - Bullying4. Role Play Bullying Scenarios.
Acting out scenarios can be a great way of allowing children to safely share their concerns by taking on another persona.

5. Bullying Using Metaphors
I love that example that was going around on social media recently about the apple that was dropped over and over again to show the damage words can do on the inside. View the Two Apples Metaphor here >>.

6. Posters
Get students involved in designing anti-bullying posters and slogans and put them up around the school and in the bathrooms.

7. Bullying Policies
Create a very clear policy on what happens when a child reports bullying and communicate this to the class. Be clear about no exceptions to the rule and what behaviours are not acceptable.

7. Communications To Parents
Create and communicate the school bullying policy to all school parents. Reported behaviours should not be swept under the rug and parents need to be aware of what is happening or if their child is involved in a bullying situation. Open communication means that teachers and parents can support each other.

8. Anti-Bullying Incursions
There are many agencies now visiting schools to talk about bullying. Even my son’s martial arts class spends 80% of the class discussing what to do if they are being bullied or if they see someone being bullied. As a parent, it hit me hard about about prevalant bullying is that they start teaching these skills to children aged 3 and 4 years old.

Other Bullying Resources:

National Safe Schools Framework

Teaching Bullying Resources: