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Beating the Bullies

Some schools bang the 'no bullying' drum but then act weakly or clumsily when cases occur.

A measured response like the following often brings better results:

A trusted teacher

  • gently probes the victim's feelings ("being so lonely kills me" etc.)
  • gathers a group of pupils including the bullies but not the victim
  • explains the victim’s suffering, possibly using a picture or piece of writing they've done
  • emphasizes their need to feel happy and safe
  • welcomes ideas like ‘I’ll walk to school with him’
  • meets everyone (including the victim) individually after about a week to check on progress.
This approach
  • confronts the bullies with the full extent of the victim's suffering
  • sets an example of caring (rather than using force like a bully)
  • brings out the best in the other pupils, which lowers the bullies' status
  • frees victims from the fear of reprisals, since no one is punished.

A bullied youngster may well be prone to anxiety and depression, and for help with these problems please click here.

To give victims a chance to describe their torments (and possibly get some relief in the process) please click here.

To get in touch about bullying please use this form.

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