Reduce bullying and track improvements
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