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Bullying and harassment can have serious negative impacts on students' well-being and academic performance. Teachers play a critical role in preventing and addressing these issues in the classroom and school.

This could be achieved through the following:

  • Establish clear rules and expectations around appropriate behaviour, including consequences for bullying and harassment.

  • Create a safe and inclusive classroom environment where all students feel respected and valued.

  • Take all reports of bullying and harassment seriously and investigate them promptly.

  • Use restorative practices to address bullying and harassment, including talking with the victim, the perpetrator, and any witnesses.

  • Provide support and resources for students who have experienced bullying and harassment.

  • Encourage bystander intervention and empower students to stand up against bullying and harassment.

  • Use age-appropriate lessons and activities to educate students about the effects of bullying and harassment, and how to prevent it.

  • Collaborate with parents and guardians to address incidents of bullying and harassment and develop strategies for prevention.

  • Involve school counselors, administrators, and other support staff as needed to address bullying and harassment.

  • Document all incidents of bullying and harassment, including the date, time, location, and nature of the incident, as well as any witnesses and actions taken.

  • Provide ongoing training and support for teachers on how to recognize, prevent, and address bullying and harassment.

  • Ensure that all school staff are aware of the school's policies and procedures around bullying and harassment and are prepared to enforce them.

  • Provide opportunities for students to give feedback on the school's efforts to prevent and address bullying and harassment.

  • Regularly review and evaluate the school's policies and procedures around bullying and harassment to ensure that they are effective and up-to-date.

  • Foster a culture of respect, empathy, and kindness in the classroom and throughout the school.

In conclusion, handling bullying and harassment in classrooms and schools requires a comprehensive approach that involves creating a safe and inclusive learning environment, educating students about the effects of bullying and harassment, and taking prompt action to address incidents when they occur. By working together, teachers, administrators, students, and families can help prevent bullying and harassment and promote a culture of respect and kindness in schools.



  • Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Information for Educators by the National Education Association

  • Preventing and Responding to Bullying: Information for Teachers by

  • Bullying Prevention and Positive Behavior Support by the Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

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