Educators Blamed for Underreporting
How do Schools Respond to Bullying?
Anti-bullying laws and reporting procedures has caused an INCREASE in bullying. Maybe it’s not the schools fault but rather the poor policies they’ve been given and a lack of resources.
A Proactive Approach to Student Conflicts
If a school counselor teaches a student how to resolve a squabble with a peer early on, it may not result in a bullying report. Why? If the mean behavior is stopped before it turns into a repeated pattern of behavior, it does not meet the definition of bullying.
I have the sincere joy of seeing effective educators and school counselors take this approach. Their mindset is “Let’s STOP telling students just to report problems and teach them how to SOLVE problems, before they blow up”. This is true prevention. Skills in conflict resolution, emotional coping, and handling social situations are important for youth to learn. Social aggression offers an opportunity for students to learn how to solve social conflicts. With the guidance of a caring adult, kids can learn how to stop mean behavior quickly and easily.
What is Bullying?
I was surprised that one of the Lansing article’s experts incorrectly defined the word “bullying”. This quote comes from “Glenn Stutzky, a clinical instructor of social work at Michigan State University who specializes in bullying”. According to Stutzky ” You can be bullied in a single incident, and you can be harmed from that.” Sorry Mr. Stuzky but your defining an isolated incident of aggression, not bullying.
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