Section 9

Active supervision is a key to preventing and addressing bullying. If you see bullying or sense that it may be occurring, speak up and take steps to ensure that the environment is safe. Let children know what behavior is expected and what behavior is unacceptable. Offer structured activities that include all students. Intervene in all instances of peer aggression that you observe.

Take time to follow up with involved students. Children often report bullying during private conversations with adults who care.

Adults should serve as positive role models. Take care to ensure that your interactions with others are not abusive or harassing. Children learn from watching adults. It is important that your actions communicate that bullying behavior is unacceptable.

All adults should:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of a child who may have been bullied
  • Intervene when bullying is suspected
  • Talk with students about what bullying is and isn’t
  • Reinforce appropriate bystander behavior
  • Communicate with supervising adults in a timely manner