School culture need not be determined by the attitudes which individual students bring to school. School culture may be designed. The need for a school culture which makes bullying virtually impossible is the purpose of this site. How to design that culture is described in detail in the book Bullies Can Be Transformed Into Good Citizens.
Bullying can be Virtually Eliminated in a School Culture where students know
Bullies can be Transformed into good Citizens. This explains how to create a school culture which will :
Why must Schools Correct and Prevent Bullying? Schools are responsible for :
Bullying behaviors are a distraction, disrupt learning and interfere with the attainment of school goals.
Where bullying exists, even teachers may become targets as bullies seek to gain control of their classroom.
A school culture which addresses these issues produces a peaceful and productive environment for learning.
Bullies can be Transformed into Good Citizens describes bullying prevention which
In Bullies Can Be Transformed Into Good Citizens . . .You will learn why
We rarely realize how much bullying is
going on in our communities.
Talk with Your
Kids about School Safety
1. Encourage children to talk about their concerns and to express their feelings. When talking with younger children, talk on their level. For example, they may not understand the term violence but can talk to you about being afraid or a classmate who is mean to them.
2. Talk honestly about your own feelings regarding school violence. It is important for children to recognize they are not dealing with their fears alone.
3. Validate your childs feelings. Do not minimize their concerns. Let them know that serious school violence is not common, which is why incidents such as Columbine attract so much media attention.
Stress that schools are safe places. In fact, recent studies have shown that schools are more secure now than ever before.
4. Empower your child to take action regarding school safety. Encourage them to report specific incidents (such as bullying, threats or talk of suicide). Encourage older children to actively participate in student-run bully prevention programs.
5. Discuss the safety procedures that are in place at school. Explain why visitors sign in and why certain doors remain locked during the school day. Help them understand that such precautions are in place to ensure their safety and stress the importance of adhering to school rules and policies.
6. Create safety plans with your child. Help identify which adults (a friendly secretary, trusted teacher or approachable administrator) your child can talk to if they feel threatened. Also ensure that your child knows how to reach you (or another family member or friend) in case of crisis during the school day.
7. Keep the dialogue going and make school safety a common topic in family discussions rather than just a response to an immediate crisis
8. Recognize behavior that may indicate your child is concerned about returning to school. Younger children may react to school violence by not wanting to attend school or participate in school-based activities. Teens and adolescents may minimize their concerns outwardly, but may become argumentative, withdrawn, or allow their school performance to decline.
The following behaviors are signs that your child may need help:
9. Seek help when necessary. The more signs you see the greater the chance your child needs help. Contact a mental health professional or the school based health center. Don't wait. Start today.