Here are some strategies to be used with respect to cyber bullying:
- Educating children from a young age: students need to be educated about cyber bullying as soon as they are expected to use technology. Math is sometimes taught to students through online programs and they have their own profiles and password and are taught how to keep these safe. Apart from educating students, parents need to be educated as well. People assume cyber bullying doesn’t affect children till they reach secondary school however this isn’t true. Parents should be informed about all areas where cyber bullying can take place
- Don’t forget about bystanders: bullying tends to affect others as well and causes in them reactions which further affects the victim. Bystanders should be made to empathize to understand their role when bullying occurs and that their reaction too is something which can have an impact. This is something the curriculum of the school should cover
- Holding circle time sessions: when girls have issues with friendship amongst them, it needs to be dealt with cautiously, slowly and thoughtfully so that the changes can be long lasting. One way of doing so is through circle time in which once the initial conflict has been worked out, the group needs to be worked with on a continuous basis for a long period of time, keeping sessions on a weekly basis to make sure that the relationship gets stronger and outcomes are positive
- Have workshops for parents: sessions should be held for parents where they are made aware about what bullying is, what kind of a person may be the perpetrator or end up being a victim, what kinds of bullying occurs and what must be done if the child is affected. Parents should also be made aware of the ways in which children cyber bullying and how children can be protected online by their parents
- Educating people about what bullying is not: workshops should be held to let schools and people know what bullying is and what it is not such as what the difference between an opinion, a fight and an argument is. The problem with parents is that they believe everything is bullying which needs to be corrected
- Make use of saying to teach students: when giving out rules to children in the form of sayings, chances are that they will remember them for longer periods of time. This will also make sure that they implement what is told to them. Here is our previous post about Cyber bullying and what must be done with regard to it.
- Make students lead anti-bullying strategies: if such Anti-Bullying campaigns are lead by students themselves, they are likely to be more effective. They can share their views and opinions about what they think about the issue and even talk to their parents about the matter
- Involve police community support officers: through this aspect, students and the school community can learn the legal dimensions about bullying in a better man. It is also important when students may be in possession of some indecent images or videos of others which is where such discussions would come in handy
- Teaching children empathy: people need to understand that through their tablets and phones, they cannot bully others and hide themselves. The cyber world too is part of the real world and should not be considered as different from each other. Everyone should be taught empathetic skills so that anyone engaging in cyber bullying would be able to understand what the victim would be feeling
- Being aware of the law for cyber bullying: if the school feels some indecent images or videos are being shared in a cyber bullying context, the device should be taken away. The images should not be viewed until there is some reason to for example to know whether the offense has been committed or not. The staff of the school should not search through the device and should stay within the rules and laws set by the school itself.
These are some of the strategies which can be implemented with respect to bullying as well as cyber bullying. We’ve published a comprehensive infographic about “why do cyberbullies indulge in cyberbullying” to deeply understand this issue. By educating children and parents, the topic can be openly talked about and discussed which will help arrive at better ideas for its prevention as well.