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eSN Publisher’s Report: How to thwart bullies through better incident management

Schools address bullying with a systematic program that involves the entire community

School bullying is now at crisis levels in the U.S., and it’s one of the primary challenges that school leaders face in managing the learning environment. As school leaders look for ways to deal with this problem, some are turning to a promising new technology platform for help....

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  1. jwover

    May 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Providing a tool that promotes anonymous communications and provides a resource that allows teachers and administrators to respond more consistently, effectively and efficiently seems like a winner all around. Having a system in place is a great way to enhance and perpetuate the value of the training and awareness programs that are already underway in may districts.

  2. corinnegregory

    May 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Saying that we need to develop a “positive school environment” is obvious, but rarely does anyone follow up with “yes, but HOW?” And, it’s in the HOW that success or failure results.

    As I share in my presentations that I do across the country, bullying is not the only thing that degrades the learning environment, but it is on the SAME continuum that all the disruptors have in common — and that is the part that is being missed by nearly everyone in the “positive classroom” field: pro-social skills education.

    Too many of our kids today are not adequately equipped with the social skills and character development they need to not only aid in preventing bullying, but even being effective in the classroom environment.This is not about better “classroom management” for teachers, although that, too plays a part. But we have to begin to value the critical “soft skills education” that our children are lacking. When we do that, we see not only improvements in the learning environment, decreases in all behavior problems (including bullying), and increases in academic test scores.

    For more on this discussion, you are invited to visit http://corinnegregory.com/blog/2012/02/28/why-anti-bullying-doesnt-work-part-i/ This fits neatly with what is being discussed in this report and goes a bit further. We have to change the focus of what our kids need in school if we are to make positive, lasting changes to the learning environment.

    - Corinne Gregory
    Author, “Breaking the Bullying Culture”
    http://www.corinnegregory.com
    http://www.socialsmarts.com

  3. bam920

    June 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    We have had a rash of suicides this year in Ohio and it is particularly disturbing to see the ages of children who feel this is even an option for them. Marlene Snyder of the Olweus group (www.ViolencePreventionWorks.org) presented a short program in Dayton last Thursday with statistics that were mind-boggling. We simply must do a better job of providing students with a safe environment in which to learn, with teachers and staff modeling the behavior we want students to exhibit and who are able to both identify and stop bullying wherever in the school it occurs. Schools are designed to educate and we cannot be remiss in overlooking the importance of this topic.

  4. trainer12

    June 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Part of the solution is having adequate funding for teachers, teacher aides, hallway and playground monitors, counselors, social workers, software, curriculum and staff development to combat bullying. With the economy cutting off the real estate and property tax funding for public education and the general anti-union and anti-public education agenda of the Republican Party, it is only going to get worse until the people rise up and demand more funding to stop bullying in the public schools. The “invisible hand of the unregulated free market”, “school choice”, “vouchers” and “Charter Schools” will not stop bullying.

  5. stuhl

    July 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Parents who have lost control of their children are the problem with bullying. Until these families teach their children to respect “everyone” this problem will persist. We need to somehow ensure families teach their children this simple concept. There are no school programs out there to fix it because by the time they get to school it is too late.


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