Bullying is quite common in schools and colleges across the world. It has been an age-old struggle for the teachers to put an end to such an act, despite many considerable efforts.
As much as it causes annoyance in an educational set up, it leads to frustrations, low self-esteem, abandonment issues, personal problems etc, coaxing the victim to attack another human being. As a result, violence takes shape when further triggered by bullies.
The conditions to study and the provisions to acquire knowledge in an educational set up may have certain level of influence in students' behavioural patterns, often bringing awkwardness, shame and guilt to the victims and people around.
Conflict resolution and peer mediation are few common strategies for dealing with conflicts among students. Many schools also use peer mediation and conflict resolution to address bullying problems.
Primarily, probe into the matter to identify the issue. Then raising awareness and knowledge about the act would be easier.
Conducting a staff meeting to discuss, observe and share, would be beneficial to understand and helps cut the root cause of such problems in future. Check with other schools about the issue to gather information, and find out what they have done to curb the problem.
Let the parents know about it. Communicate to the parents during the PTA meetings, conferences or even when you send out newsletters. It works better if there is a school policy that includes warning against bullying and related acts, and have the parents sign on such an agreement. Organise workshops and events to encourage people to be committed to the policy.
Drive strong messages that bullying is not acceptable in the campus. The responsibilities must be shared among the teachers, parents, students, non-teaching staff, school board and faculty, to bring about a better environment to learn in.
Having an open discussion about its ill-effects with pupils in the classroom may help as well. Teaching students to respect one another irrespective of their social, economical, intellectual, religious and physical background(status), must be nurtured and emphasised on, highly.
Building character (includes integrity), along with excellence, makes way to discipline and order at school, home, public venues, and society at large.