Bullying has gotten the attention of educators for decades – the American Educational Research Association recently called it one of the major current problems youth face.
Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. Here are some statistics from www.DoSomething.org:
- Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
- Approximately 160,000 teenagers skip school every day because of bullying.
- 17% of American students report being bullied 2-3 times a month.
New approaches to bullying prevention are focusing less on the bully and the victim, but increasingly on bystanders buy-in and the key role they plan in preventing bullying incidents and reporting them.
Studies show that when bystanders step in to stop bullying, the bullying incident stops within 10 seconds more than 50% of the time – a very powerful statistic.
Experts suggest that working with bystanders in bullying prevention can attack the issue in several ways, including:
1. Reducing the audience a bully craves by not participating or instigating.
2. Supporting the bullying victim and reduce the trauma.
3. Creating a school climate of empathy.
4. Reporting the bullying incident to school administrators – anonymously if possible!
Did you know? Alert Solutions Speak Up! platform gives students the ability to report bullying incidents anonymously – drastically reducing bullying and cyberbullying in k-12 schools across the country.