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Anti-Bullying Tactics for Parents, Students, Colleagues

Janelle Cox

It seems as though every time you turn on the television or read the newspaper, there is some reference to a child being bullied.

By now, we all know too well that bullying is the use of power to intentionally intimidate someone that is weaker. It includes the nasty namecalling and put-downs, the snide remarks, and social media bashing.

What you may not hear about in the news is how teachers are getting bullied as well as children. According to recent reports, this hidden secret is that bullying affects as many as one in three teachers.

Just as students need to stand up to their bully, so do teachers. Here are some anti-bullying tactics you can use today.

The Facts

A survey found that teachers being bullied by parents is the second-most predominant form of this intimidation, and that teachers being bullied by school administrators is also prevalent. Likewise, if a teacher is being bullied by an administrator, they are less likely to report it.

Administrators and parents aren’t the only ones bullying teachers. According to the same survey, 36 percent of teachers reported that they were bullied by their own students. When a student is being bullied, it is the teacher’s responsibility to be their ally and help them deal with the situation. But what if the teacher is being bullied? Who’s going to be his ally?

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Reaching Out

It is the principal’s and administrators’ responsibility to ensure that every teacher is in a safe working environment. They are there job to provide support, implement training and workshops for students and staff, and to discuss and take action against bullying. If you are being harassed or bullied you need to do the following:

  • Take a stand and speak up and tell your bully to stop.
  • Document every bullying situation that occurs.
  • Seek assistance.
  • Don’t be afraid to tell your school administrator.
  • Go to your local school board.
  • Contact your local union representative.

Anti-bullying campaigns rarely address any teacher bullying situations. These campaigns solely focus on preventing students bullying their peers.

So how we can stop teachers from being bullied by their students, students’ parents, or their colleagues? We need to tell them to do what they tell their students to do, take a stand. Stand up to their bully, tell someone, and don’t be afraid.