Build an effective anti-bullying strategy
How Data Can Change School Cultures Around Bullying
Bullying has a huge effect on young people, affecting their grades, aspiration, and mental health. More so, the effects of bullying can last long into adulthood. One key to minimizing bullying is creating a supportive school culture that addresses bullying head-on.
Data is an important part of schools’ changing their culture and building anti-bullying strategies. In today’s blog post, Text To Stop It! is sharing a few ways that data can help schools tackle bullying.
Spot Emerging Concerns — Fast
Surveys help schools gain a better understanding of the issues and concerns among their students and other stakeholders, like parents so that they can solve these problems early on. Surveys can also highlight issues that schools may not be aware of, such as sexual harassment experienced by girls, and may help staff better understand the underlying issues behind problems such as poor grades or repeated absences.
Develop Peer Mentor Programs
Teens are most likely to turn to and find support in their peers, and a strong school culture focuses on developing peer mentors that help report incidents of bullying. Capturing and reviewing data about how comfortable students feel being mentors or turning to mentors is essential in flagging bullying strategies and ‘hot spots’ within the school. Gathering data can also help educate the mentors and the student body about bullying issues within the school
Carry Out Audits
Changing school culture is an ongoing process, and as schools start enacting anti-bullying campaigns it’s important to be able to check how effective the program is. Carrying out audits and examining the data helps the school assess the knowledge and confidence of the staff in responding to bullying incidents as well as the feelings of students. Audits also ensure that the data gathered is reviewed and enacted upon and can be used to adjust and adapt the culture moving forward.
Teachers are a key component of bullying prevention, and often the first adults to notice signs of bullying in students. However, for bullying culture to change, teachers need to feel supported in dealing with issues that come up and be able to use quick reporting methods to take action to solve problems. Data can help pinpoint where teachers need support from administrators or other professionals, as well as what tools can be provided, such as reporting systems or professional development.