The Role of Educators
Educators have an important role in addressing acts of bullying they observe or that are reported to them.17,25
By being vigilant in addressing instances of peer aggression, educators can effectively reduce the likelihood of bullying in their schools.
Understand the difference between bullying and conflict.
Conflict involves antagonism among two or more people. Any two people can have a conflict. Bullying only occurs when there is a power imbalance.
Understand that there are different ways to bully.
Bullying behaviors take several forms, including: direct bullying, cyberbullying and relational aggression.
Understand that there are possible legal concerns for your school when bullying issues are not addressed.
- State laws related to bullying/bullying prevention
- State and federal civil rights laws
- Civil suits brought against schools/school systems
Intervene every time you see bullying or it is reported to you.
It is important that you address all instances of peer aggression and take all reports of bullying seriously. Follow your school’s protocol for investigation and response.