Re­duce bul­ly­ing and track improvements

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS -

AC­CORD­ING to the Aus­tralian Covert Bul­ly­ing Preva­lence Study, one in four Aus­tralian chil­dren in years 4 to 9 are fre­quently bul­lied.

Bul­ly­ing in­ter­feres with stu­dents learn­ing and con­trib­utes to a neg­a­tive cul­ture at school.

To re­duce or even stop it hap­pen­ing al­to­gether a com­pre­hen­sive anti-bul­ly­ing pro­gram is needed.

This re­quires school staff with the will and per­sis­tence to im­ple­ment change, a plan of ac­tion, a bul­ly­ing in­ci­dent trend track­ing tool to mea­sure improvements, and re­sources such as anti-bul­ly­ing lessons to teach stu­dents how to iden­tify and re­spond to bul­ly­ing in­ci­dents.

There should be an em­pha­sis on teach­ing bul­lies that their be­hav­iour is un­ac­cept­able; teach­ing victims how to best re­spond; and teach by­standers, the bully’s sup­port­ers, and vic­tim’s de­fend­ers, to de­velop pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes, be­hav­iours and strate­gies.

To change a bul­ly­ing cul­ture, all teach­ers need to be in­volved in anti-bul­ly­ing ini­tia­tives so that they can re­in­force the mes­sages and lessons that stu­dents learn.

By build­ing the so­cial/emo­tional in­tel­li­gence of the school pop­u­la­tion, the im­pact and in­stances of bul­ly­ing can be re­duced and teach­ers can fo­cus on qual­ity teach­ing.

With Learn­fast’s Cool School anti-bul­ly­ing trend tracker, schools don’t have to de­velop their own bul­ly­ing preven­tion pro­gram from scratch.

The tracker re­sources in­clude a six-week cur­ricu­lum of in­ter­ac­tive lessons and teacher-led ac­tiv­i­ties.

Cool School pro­vides a safe, anony­mous way for stu­dents to re­port bul­ly­ing in­ci­dents and sends re­ports to track bul­ly­ing re­duc­tion trends, en­abling schools to mea­sure im­prove­ment term by term.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Cool School anti-bul­ly­ing trend tracker visit: www. learn­fast­forschools.com.au/pro­grams-cool-school

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