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The signs

Can you spot the signs of bulling? Where physical signs and aggression are obvious features, signs aren’t always visible, many symptoms lie beneath the surface. From unexplained absences and a decline in academic performance, to a loss of confidence or classroom engagement, all of these point towards bullying.

The impact of bullying

Data shows that 37% of bullying victims develop social anxiety and 36% develop depression. A shocking 24% of young people have confessed to having suicidal thoughts and 23% have turned to self-harm. The impact of bullying can also be seen in the classroom with 21% of students skipping school to avoid bullies.

Online prevention

As we step into the 21st century it’s no surprise that bullying has too. Childline reported last year 12,000 counselling sessions where online issues were dealt with. To encourage your students to stay safe online, reinforce that they shouldn’t trust everyone, they aren’t always who they are portraying to be. Have an open forum, where students can discuss online issues. Report it: if something doesn’t feel right, escalate the issue further.

What can you do?

Respect: Remember your students are highly impressionable, make sure you practice what you preach and don’t overuse your status to influence other staff or students but instead treat all members of the school community with respect

Raise awareness: Change won’t happen if you shelter your students from the subject of bullying. Conduct classroom activities around the topic; use this to encourage discussion about the effects of bullying. Create an open space where students are allowed to share without the judgement of others. Remember to promote online safety and let students know they can speak out if bullying is happening via social media

Take immediate action: If you have a feeling that bullying is taking place, make sure you take action promptly. Know your school’s policy so you can do your part to implement them effectively

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