As an administrator, bullying is probably one of your foremost concerns. A problem that starts to emerge in the middle grades, between one in four and one in three students will be bullied before they graduate high school. Verbal and social bullying are by far the most prominent forms. In general, the most bullying occurs in middle school, meaning prepubescent children and adolescents are being target during the most sensitive ages in life. Is there are solution, a “silver bullet,” if you will, that will fix most of the problem in your school or district? Is your yearly bullying assembly simply not getting it done? Don’t worry. There are alternatives.
A rise in anti bullying speakers has given teachers, principles, and school system administrators far more alternatives than they have ever had. Below is a liost of the many benefits anti-bullying school assemblies and programs will bring to your school.
Bullying campaigns are designed by professionals to be smart, clear, entertaining, and compelling. Interactive performances, audio-visual effects, and entertaining music are staples in these presentations.
Often, celebrities, athletes, and entire teams are involved in the anti-bullying effort. Local or even national celebrities are often available to lend credence and excitement to the anti-bullying message.
Anti-bullying paraphernalia such as tee shirts, backpacks, buttons, stickers, pencils, watchers, folders, and notebooks ensure the message stays persistent. They also provide a suitable reward for students who do their part to prevent and report bullying.
Presentations and campaigns provide students with the means to tell their own stories, all the while hearing narratives that explain bullying’s long-term effects on others. Studies (as well as good common sense) have shown that personal stories are as effective as anything when preventing bullying.
Students are also provided with essential facts, statistics, and strategies for stopping, resisting, and reporting bullying. These strategies are carefully developed in concert with local teachers and administrators to make them relevant to the students’ code of conduct.
These programs teach students lifelong lessons in the prevention of prejudice, violence, and crime.
Many programs are eligible for state and federal funding. This means schools can bring in anti-bullying experts (even celebrities) at little or no cost. In many school districts, there is already a budget in place for anti-bullying efforts.
In addition to the broad range of middle school initiatives, there are also anti bullying programs for high schools. These provide information and prevention tactics on a level more appropriate to the age group.