Bullying has changed a lot since today’s educators were students. With the accessibility of the Internet in nearly every home and on smartphones, kids are able to anonymously harass each other online. The actions of the bullies often go undetected by busy parents who assume their children are using technology for its intended purpose. To further complicate the problem, victims often don’t speak up about the bullying until it has become severe. The best way to address bullying is to prevent it before it ever happens. There are many middle school anti bullying programs that are very effective.
The best programs teach children how to use the Internet responsibly. They teach kids what could happen if they bully others and what to do instead of bullying. There are plenty of constructive things to do online and anti-bullying school assemblies often share these things with students. The Internet is very useful to kids who want to learn or even socialize in a kind way. However, children who want to bully others also find it very easy to do so without attracting the attention of their parents.
The most effective anti bullying assembly programs for high schools also invite parents to learn about the various social media platforms their teens might be using and how to monitor them when they are online. Some parents are not even aware of the apps their kids use and some teens are installing apps on their devices to disguise their social media accounts so their parents have a harder time figuring out what they are doing online. In some cases, open communication with children and appropriate supervision are very effective strategies to prevent kids from bullying others or hiding the fact they are being bullied.
It’s important to repeat the bullying assembly regularly. Children and teens have short attention spans and reminding them about the importance of getting along with each other and having constructive conversations with their peers instead of bullying each other. All kids and teens need to know who they can talk to if they have a problem with bullying. Whether it’s a teacher at the school or a person in the community, kids have to be able to trust there is someone they can tell about their situation who will help them resolve the problem. Teachers and administrators must be available to help students who are in trouble and parents must play their role in preventing bullying so other children don’t become victims of their teens.