All 560 students at my granddaughter’s primary school in Sydney signed a massive banner with the pledge: “Standing Together Against Bullying”.
The banner is prominently displayed at the school’s entrance. The mass signing is part of her school’s participation in the National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence.
Similar activities took place in many schools around Australia on March 16, 2018.
The teachers at my granddaughter’s school must be congratulated for bringing the bullying issue to the attention of every one of their students. Their pledge signing is a great step towards encouraging more pro-social behaviour and reducing bullying.
Research in Australia and overseas emphasises that whole school action is needed to make dent in this widespread social problem.
Australian Government list of what works
The Australian Government’s Bullying No Way website lists what works, according to the research:
- A universal whole-school approach over a long duration that takes a multi-faceted approach rather than focusing on one single component
- An increased awareness of bullying in the school community through assemblies, focus days and student-owned plans and activities
- A whole-school detailed policy that addresses bullying
- Effective classroom management and classroom rules
- The promotion of a positive school environment that provides safety, security and support for students and promotes positive relationships and student wellbeing
- Effective methods of behaviour management that are consistently used, are non-hostile and non-punitive
- Encouragement and skill development for all students (and especially bystanders) to respond negatively to bullying behaviour and support students who are bullied.
Implementing a whole-school approach over a long duration and the other elements from the Government’s list above takes a lot of work, resources and preparation for teachers.
Build your own or a ready-made curriculum
Some teachers like the flexibility of selecting bullying education resources from multiple sources. Using this approach, the teachers then combine the resources to deliver anti-bullying messages to their students.
Others prefer a ready-made curriculum with all the resources in one place, to save time and effort and enable the stop-bullying messages to be delivered sooner to the school community. But what ready-to-use curricula are available?
One the ready-to-use packages is the Growing Socially Successful Students program, which teachers in USA, Australia and New Zealand are using now. This program meets all four of the New South Wales Government’s criteria for successful anti-bullying interventions.
100+ Pixar-quality animated videos
How helpful would it be to have a set of 100 Pixar-quality animated videos with supporting teacher resources to help with your anti-bullying program and build broader foundational social skills? … a single package with age-appropriate activities such as:
- audio-visual material and videos
- drama and role play
- group work, and
- computer-based games where students can act out roles