October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and as life begins to return to normal it’s important for educators, staff, parents, and students to keep fighting back against bullying.
According to a 2019 study from the CDC, students who experience bullying are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and dropping out of school. These students are also more likely to experience negative physical health effects like stomach aches and headaches. Many students who are bullied also reported that bullying has had an impact on their relationships with their families and friends.
In a recent article in District Administration, Chad Rose, associate professor at the University of Missouri and director of the Mizzou Ed Bully Prevention Lab, outlined several strategies for preventing bullying in the form of social exclusion. Strategies include:
All states have anti-bullying legislation. These state laws direct every LEA to develop and implement a policy prohibiting bullying, through a collaborative process with all interested stakeholders, including school administrators, staff, students, students’ families, and the community, in order to best address local conditions. Nearly all state laws require age-appropriate prevention education for students and requirements for training all school staff on preventing, identifying, and responding to bullying.
When bullying is also harassment and happens in the school context, schools have a legal obligation to respond to it according to federal laws.
Staff & Student Resources
The Vector Training Staff Safety and Compliance course library covers topics like:
Vector LiveSafe improves your ability to receive valuable tips and track, manage, and respond to incidents and emergencies, resulting in increased student safety and wellness across your school community. The safety communications platform can be accessed through the Vector LiveSafe mobile app, where students can report incidents of:
The app can be customized to meet the needs of your school and student population, and now includes the option to add a silent panic alarm for emergencies.