Addressing a bullying concern on a campus, cannot stop at just addressing one incident of buyllying. This change must be occur by shifting your school culture and climate.
- Be the Change – Don’t use your principal status as a way to force change. Listen to your staff and then reflect on the words that they have shared. This in itself can create a sense of validation. Taking the extra step to make your staff feel valued can do more for you and the culture of your campus that you realize!
- Listen to what is being said about the problem – Survey students, staff and parents to get the inside scoop. Research to find out how much and what type of bullying is going on. We live in the cyber age, so don’t take for granted that your children are not using the net to bully. Knowing the information will allow you to target and create prevention efforts.
- If it’s to be its up to me – Create and enforce a Campus Code of Conduct. Empower ever stakeholder– teachers and especially students — to help enforce it by training them to identify and respond to inappropriate behavior.
- Have all hands on deck – Most bullying happens with the absence of adults. So make sure that adults are “visible and vigilant” in hallways, stairwells, cafeterias and locker rooms, as well as on buses and the way to and from school for students those walk. Involve community businesses and parent volunteers. This also enhances the school community concept!
- Conduct Bullying Prevention Activities such as all-school assemblies, communications campaigns or creative arts contests highlighting school values to bring the community together and reinforce the message that bullying is wrong and will not be tolerate our campus of peace!