The Importance Of Bullying In Schools

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"The saying, if sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me was ever true, it sure isn 't true today" (Gaul, 2010). Bullying in and out of schools is getting out of control. Statistics have shown that one third of teens are bullied at school and 4 percent also report that they were also victims of cyber bullying (Bullying Statistics, 2009). Bullying is an emotionally, draining issue prominent across the world today. It is also unacceptable, and there are many, if not several movements in an effort to end bullying once and for all. Furthermore, bullying prevention programs, zero tolerance policies and the education system are introduced as efficient and inefficient approaches to resolve bullying situations as such. In…show more content…
There are two components to effective anti-bullying practice; preventing bullying incidents and responding to them. The most effective interventions are sustained over the long-term, developed with staff, pupils, parents/careers and partners in the community, monitored and evaluated as circumstances change, and supported by a school ethos that inhibits bullying and promotes empathy and respect for diversity. A single strategy is unlikely to provide a complete solution to bullying and the most effective anti-bullying policy will usually include a range of strategies that can be adapted to suit particular incidents and be built around a whole school approach. This involves the whole school community – pupils, teachers, teaching mentors, school support staff, governors, and parents/careers - and is based on the explicit development of shared values, beliefs and attitudes that inhibit bullying. A safe environment is underpinned by these values and relies on the development of a range of strategies that address bullying in terms of prevention and response, and provides the framework for any anti bullying interventions. The importance of everyone in the school community being involved and owning the policy is underlined by research undertaken by Young Voice, which found that many pupils were not aware of that their school had an anti-bullying policy and if they were, thought it ineffective. The DfES recommends establishing a whole school approach policy in four stages: awareness and consultation; implementation; monitoring; and evaluation. Working through these stages should ensure that not only is the policy in place, but that it is effective. The DfES anti bullying pack stresses that if using this approach with SEN pupils, care must be taken to include them in curriculum work in an appropriate way for their individual
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