For years staff members at Alert Solutions have blogged about bullying and cyberbullying in K-12 schools.
We have shared bullying prevention strategies, provided information on anti-bullying legislation, and showcased what some schools and districts across the country are doing to help combat this growing issue. This post is no different.
According to a Relationship Education (RE) study conducted by Healthy Relationships California , new education legislation called the Every Student Succeeds Act offers a good opportunity for schools to see reduced bullying and violence in relationships thanks to the new guidelines.
RE subjects include: characteristics of healthy versus unhealthy relationships, empathic listening, effective confrontation, problem solving skills and conflict management.
The study exposed 7,000 students across California to RE and helped to quantify the benefits of RE for adolescents across all of their relationships, including friends, parents, siblings and romantic partners.
Here are some of the results:
- 82% of students felt more confidence in their ability to handle day-to-day relationships.
- 78% of students reported being more respectful and cognizant of others feelings.
- 82% said they felt less inclined to use negative behavior when dealing with conflict.
The report also said this kind of relationship education is in line with the goals and expectations of ESSA, indicating that more schools should be taking advantage of RE to help reduce bullying incidents. Read more about ESSA here.
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