Stopping Bullying: A Guide for Middle Schoolers

In today’s schools, it’s crucial to make sure everyone feels safe and welcome. This guide shares important steps to stop bullying and create a friendly atmosphere where all students can do well. It covers clear rules against bullying, teaching about kindness, and involving teachers, students, and parents. The goal is to make schools places where everyone is treated with respect and where bullying is not tolerated.

  1. Create a Friendly School Environment:
    • Make sure your school is a place where everyone feels welcome and safe.
    • Encourage everyone to be kind and understanding to each other.
  2. Have Clear Rules Against Bullying:
    • Make rules that explain what bullying is and what will happen if someone bullies.
    • Tell all students, teachers, and parents about these rules.
  3. Teach About Bullying:
    • Have classes and activities that teach students why bullying is wrong and what to do if they see it.
    • Teach students how to talk to each other nicely and solve disagreements.
  4. Help Students Who See Bullying:
    • Tell students to speak up and tell an adult if they see someone being bullied.
    • Show them how to help without putting themselves in danger.
  5. Teachers Should Be Involved:
    • Train teachers to notice bullying and know how to stop it.
    • Teachers should let students know they can talk about bullying anytime.
  6. Watch and Check:
    • Have adults watch areas where bullying happens a lot, like playgrounds or lunchrooms.
    • School helpers like counselors should check in with students.
  7. Talk Openly:
    • Make it easy for students to talk about bullying with adults at school.
    • Keep parents informed and involved in what’s happening at school.
  8. Students Can Lead:
    • Let students help make and lead programs that stop bullying.
    • Start clubs about being kind and including everyone.
  9. Parents Need to Help:
    • Teach parents how to spot bullying and what to do if their child is involved.
    • Encourage parents to talk with their kids about bullying.
  10. Start Early:
    • If you see bullying starting, step in right away.
    • Help kids who bully others and those who are bullied get the support they need.
  11. Teach Good Social Skills:
    • Include lessons in school about handling feelings, setting goals, and being nice to others.
  12. Keep Checking and Improving:
    • Regularly see if the anti-bullying steps are working.
    • Be ready to make changes if needed.
Three high school students are next to their lockers. One African American student and one Asian student are engaged in conversation, while a third student looking sad with their head down and holding school books.