National Bullying Prevention Month came to a close yesterday, but that doesn’t mean the fight against cyberbullying is over. While school administrations, law enforcement officials and national organizations all focused their attention on bullying all throughout October, initiatives still need to be made that focus on bullying and cyberbullying and the consequences certain instances can have.
One organization, the Bullying Academy, hopes to raise awareness of bullying by contributing to the anti-bullying education of students. We’ve discussed the role that schools should play in social media education, and the Bullying Academy helps schools play a significant role by providing participating schools with professionally developed curriculum and content to engage students through various lessons, resources and quizzes. The Bullying Academy doesn’t require extensive training for teachers, and it encourages participation through contests between schools and diplomas for any student who completes the program.
In a recent press release, Academy founder Tommy Walser proposed a solution to bullying that “would involve mandating the inclusion of anti-bullying education in the school curriculum…It is imperative that anti-bullying efforts start in the classroom at a young age.” To create the curriculum and content for the Bullying Academy, Walser included information about what bullies look for in victims, how to recognize the short- and long-term effects of bullying, how to properly and effective report bullying, along with other information for students of various ages.
No matter what kind of efforts a school is putting forth to help educate students about the dangerous effects of bullying, parents have their own responsibility to try and understand how their child behaves around others. Whether a child is a bully or a victim, or an observer standing by, kids of all ages can be affected by bullying in some way. For parents to understand their child’s own role in instances of bullying or cyberbullying, they need to have an open dialogue with their kids and have a handle on their behaviors both on and offline.
How do you address the dangers of bullying with your kids?