Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. It is a repeated behavior and can be physical, verbal, or relational. More recently, though, technology and social media have created a new venue for bullying that has expanded its reach. Cyberbullying is bullying that happens online and via cell phones for eg. using Instagram, Youtube, & other sites.
We believe that preventing and stopping bullying involves a commitment to creating a safe environment where children can thrive, socially and academically, without being afraid. Delhi Public School Kashipur recommends that teachers, parents & students take the following actions to address bullying.
Teachers and School Administrators
- Be knowledgeable and observant
- Involve students and parents as they need to be a part of the solution and involved in safety teams and antibullying task forces.
- Set positive expectations about behavior for students and adults
Parents of Students Being Bullied
1. Observe your child for signs they might be being bullied. Signs include: ripped clothing, hesitation about going to school, decreased appetite, nightmares, crying, or general depression and anxiety.
2. Teach your child how to handle being bullied
3. Set boundaries with technology. Educate your children and yourself about cyberbullying and teach your children not to respond or forward threatening emails.
Parents of Students Engaged in Bullying
- Educate your children about bullying. It is possible that your child is having trouble reading social signs and does not know what they are doing is hurtful.
2. Make your home “bully free”. Parents/caregivers should model positive examples for your child in your relationships with other people and with them.
3. Look for self esteem issues. Children with low self-esteem often bully to feel better about themselves. Even children who seem popular and well-liked can have mean tendencies.
- Report bullying and cyberbullying. It is important for students to report any bullying to a parent or an adult they trust.
- Don’t bully back. Try not to show anger or tears. Either calmly tell the bully to stop bullying or simply walk away.
- Avoid being alone. Whenever possible, avoid situations where there are no other students or teachers.