This hour long webinar discusses points such as what is bullying, provides statistics on where it starts, as well as tips on what to do if you suspect a child is being bullied. I have linked to the middle of the webinar, to statistics which surprised me on where bullying takes place. For high scholars, most bullying takes place in the classroom, even when the teacher is present.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In the end, preventing the bullying is easier than stopping what already is occurring. If your administration is willing and able, start bully prevention seminars early and create an official policy, if one isn't already in place.
"Setting up an environment in which all students are safe from bullying is imperative. It's important for the victims of bullying to have a role model that they can look up to and feel comfortable to report what occurred. Along those lines, it's important for the teacher to watch themselves so they aren't bullying a student. It can be easy for light teasing to go too far, which also may encourage the other students to mimic the teacher's example."
Even though students may tease each other as friends in good fun, as this article notes, it becomes bullying if it's done repeatedly and it mistreats that person. Girls seem to live true to the catty stereotype and are bullied verbally more than boys. Unfortunately, there isn't much to be done in way of legally stopping the online bullying; even so, it's important for teachers to take the situation seriously.
What does bullying look like? The web interview discusses what bullying looks like as well as provides tips for teachers on what to do. It is important to note that traditional bullying of name calling, teasing, and social isolation can also occur online through cyber bullying, where the students are hidden behind the screen.