Stopping Bullying: A Guide for Middle Schoolers

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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.

  • Create a Friendly School Environment: Make sure your school is a place where everyone feels welcome and encourage everyone to be kind and understanding to each other.
  • Have Clear Rules Against Bullying: Make rules that explain what bullying is and what will happen if someone bullies.
  • Teach About Bullying: Have classes and activities that teach students why bullying is wrong and what to do if they see it.
  • Help Students Who See Bullying: Explain to students how to speak up and tell an adult if they see someone being bullied. Show them how to help without putting themselves in danger.
  • Teachers Should Be Involved: Train teachers to notice bullying and know how to stop it.
  • Watch and Check: Have adults watch areas where bullying happens a lot, like playgrounds or lunchrooms.
  • Talk Openly: Make it easy for students to talk about bullying with adults at school and keep parents informed and involved in school happenings.
  • Students Can Lead: Let students help make and lead programs that stop bullying.
  • Parents Need to Help: Teach parents how to spot bullying and what to do if their child is involved.
  • Start Early: If you see bullying starting, step in right away to help kids who bully others and those who are bullied get the support they need.
  • Teach Good Social Skills: Include lessons in school about handling feelings, setting goals, and being nice to others.
  • Keep Checking and Improving: Regularly see if the anti-bullying steps are working and 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.