Dealing with bullies is never an easy thing to do, mostly because it leaves a child traumatized. No matter what methods we apply or adapt later in life, bullying always leaves a scar upon the students who have been put in such situations. What parents, teachers, and students themselves can do is apply some methods in their life to soothe themselves out of this situation, and develop a strong sense of moral value so that they can avoid being bullied in the future.
As we know, before the cure comes prevention. An ERP for schools (ERP Full form) always designs some policies, which are supposed to deal with bullies and the students bullied. These rules or guidelines are mostly directed toward punishing the children who don’t follow the code of conduct. This is why there is a very low prevention rate of the common guidelines. Enforcing these guidelines requires teachers who pay attention to other activities as seriously as they do to educational ones.
Moreover, research has also shown that punishing bullies do not give them a taste of their own medicine. These punishments, if too severe, could direct a student towards committing even more negative activities in and outside the classroom towards the student because of whom they have had gotten into trouble the previous time.
Bullying has taken a new direction in the present generation. Since students do not go to traditional classes, online classes have seen a new phase of how people can get bullied. Cyberbullying is a type of harassment that takes place online, whether it is on a social media application or website, or an LMS portal.
Most social media websites have recently come up with their own set of restrictions where people are practically not allowed to write down and send, or comment on certain words which could harm others. This is a good enough measure, but it does not stop people from saying hateful things since some swear words could be translated into rude yet simple sentences which mean the same thing but do not include the banned words.
To deal with the problem of cyberbullying in particular and bullying in general, here are some tips for students and teachers;
- Spread awareness about the different kinds of bullies, and types of bullying forms or activities which can take place in a classroom. For example, most bullies try overpowering students in the classroom based on their physical appearance, grades, popularity, etc. Spreading awareness alerts targeted students.
- Read the signs in a classroom and outside the people who can visibly radiate bully vibes.
- If you are constantly targeted, try to remain in the presence of friends or teachers most of the time and inform an authority as soon as possible.
- Learning the skill of fighting bullies collectively by remaining in groups or developing tactful methods is also useful. This is recommended only as a last step of self-protection.
- Connect with the bully-victims and try to bring together a collective effort to make authorities participate in case the institution fails to cooperate.
- Communicate with your bully, if they are approachable, and get to the bottom of the issue, provided they have a reason. This is also not recommended because it can end up aggressively. Applicable in some exclusive instances only.
Types of bullying
Besides cyberbullying, here are seven types of other forms that are also commonly traced in educational institutions;
- Physical bullying uses aggression.
- Verbal bullying by directing constant and regular harsh words. These could be swear words, negative facts about the student being bullied, and so on.
- Prejudicial bullying is a biased opinion or harassment depending on caste, sexual orientation, religion, or race.
- Relational bullying involves manipulation and peer pressure.
- Bullying victims, where the same person is targeted over and over again for their lack of reaction.
- Group bullying by groups of seniors mostly.
- Serial bullying by well-known regular disruptive students.
Know about the types of bullying to confirm whether you are being bullied. Awareness is often enough for students to remove themselves from a toxic situation, and is the best form of prevention. As the next step of cure, students should always report it to the authorities, and their parents. Stay safe and prioritize your education, don’t let bullies get in your way!