By Teachers, For Teachers
Did you know that more than 3.2 million children are bullied each year? While that number may sound astounding, it’s true. Bullying has been a longstanding issue for quite some time. It seems like every time you turn on the television or open the newspaper, there is some type of bullying situation to hear about. The increasing amount of violence in our schools has left many teachers to question if and when is the right time to intervene. In today’s schools, teachers are confronted with situations that they’ve never been in before, such as classroom bullying, cyberbullying, etc. As technology changes, as well as the world that we live in, new situations arise for which teachers need to be prepared. Here we’ll take a brief look at anti-bullying tactics, and when and where you should intervene as a teacher when it comes to bullying and student safety.
As an educator, it’s important to intervene at all times when you encounter any type of misconduct between students. This will give students the message that bullying and/or fighting is not acceptable. According to a survey that was conducted by the National Education Association, 98 percent of school staff felt that it was their job to intervene when they saw an incident occur. Research shows that with consistent intervention, bullying behavior can stop over a period of time. Every child deserves to feel safe at school. Here is what National Education Association suggests that teachers can do before, during, and after any situation to ensure a student’s safety.
All students are entitled to free education. They are also entitled to come to a place where they feel safe. If you ever encounter a situation where you feel that a student is not safe, then you have the right to take action and intervene. This may only be something like yelling “Stop!” or “No!” It may even (depending upon your school districts policy) be something more aggressive such as physically removing a student from the situation. Whatever the case may be, you are entitled to take a stand and keep all students safe.
What is your take on teachers intervening during a bullying situation? Please share your anti-bullying thoughts on this topic in the comment section below, we’d love to hear what you have to say.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.