10 Steps to Help Stop the Bullying Epidemic Now

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James Burns, co-designer of the graduate course for teachers entitled "The Bully Proof Classroom," shares 10 things he believes will make a difference.

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10 Steps to Help Stop the Bullying Epidemic Now

  1. 1. TEN STEPS TOTEN STEPS TO HELP STOPHELP STOP THETHE BULLYINGBULLYING EPIDEMICEPIDEMIC NOW!NOW! By James BurnsBy James Burns Co-designer of the graduate courseCo-designer of the graduate course “The Bully Proof Classroom”“The Bully Proof Classroom” Available face to face in NJ, PA and MDAvailable face to face in NJ, PA and MD and ONLINEand ONLINE through the Regional Training Centerthrough the Regional Training Center in partnership with TCNJ and Gratz College (PA, MD)in partnership with TCNJ and Gratz College (PA, MD) www.theRTC.netwww.theRTC.net
  2. 2. STEP ONESTEP ONE  Get trained on how to deal with thisGet trained on how to deal with this epidemic. Most states require anti bullyingepidemic. Most states require anti bullying programs now as part of teacher andprograms now as part of teacher and administrative certification with ongoingadministrative certification with ongoing professional development training.professional development training.
  3. 3. STEP TWOSTEP TWO  DonDon’t deny that bullying exists. It is real.’t deny that bullying exists. It is real. Don’t turn your back on even the slightestDon’t turn your back on even the slightest unkind comments that are made from oneunkind comments that are made from one student to another.student to another.
  4. 4. STEP THREESTEP THREE  Identify students in your class or schoolIdentify students in your class or school who may be at risk for being a bully or awho may be at risk for being a bully or a victim. Make it a point to keep a sharp eyevictim. Make it a point to keep a sharp eye on the bully in any unsupervised areas ofon the bully in any unsupervised areas of the school. A bully is very covert and willthe school. A bully is very covert and will do things when no one in authority isdo things when no one in authority is watching.watching.
  5. 5. STEP FOURSTEP FOUR  The bully is anti social. Once he has beenThe bully is anti social. Once he has been identified remove him from any socialidentified remove him from any social activities in your classroom or school toactivities in your classroom or school to make him/her develop consequentialmake him/her develop consequential thinkingthinking
  6. 6. STEP FIVESTEP FIVE  Never deal with the bully or the parents ofNever deal with the bully or the parents of the bully alone. Once the bully has beenthe bully alone. Once the bully has been identified documentation is critical by moreidentified documentation is critical by more than one teacher.than one teacher.
  7. 7. STEP SIXSTEP SIX  Make respect and responsibility the twoMake respect and responsibility the two character qualities that you work on incharacter qualities that you work on in your classroom or school.your classroom or school.
  8. 8. STEP SEVENSTEP SEVEN  DonDon’t be intimidated by the parents of a’t be intimidated by the parents of a bully. They will defend the bully to the hilt.bully. They will defend the bully to the hilt. Why? Because they are bullied at homeWhy? Because they are bullied at home by this kid or maybe even their spouse.by this kid or maybe even their spouse.
  9. 9. STEP EIGHTSTEP EIGHT  Do bullies have high self esteem? Yes,Do bullies have high self esteem? Yes, when they have a victim in their sites thatwhen they have a victim in their sites that they can bully. Without a victim, the bullythey can bully. Without a victim, the bully has low self esteem.has low self esteem.
  10. 10. STEP NINESTEP NINE  Assign mentors to at-risk students, bulliesAssign mentors to at-risk students, bullies and victims. Each mentor should have aand victims. Each mentor should have a manageable group of students both bulliesmanageable group of students both bullies and victims that they work with individuallyand victims that they work with individually and ultimately in a group to encourageand ultimately in a group to encourage respectful and responsible behavior.respectful and responsible behavior.
  11. 11. STEP TENSTEP TEN  Involve everyone! Top down: The schoolInvolve everyone! Top down: The school board, superintendent, administration,board, superintendent, administration, teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians,teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, and the police as well. Biased intimidationand the police as well. Biased intimidation is now being recognized as a crime. Thisis now being recognized as a crime. This behavior could be cause for expulsionbehavior could be cause for expulsion
  12. 12. Want to know more?Want to know more? Contact The Regional Training CenterContact The Regional Training Center www.theRTC.netwww.theRTC.net 800.433.4740800.433.4740

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