What parents can do
Questions you might ask about your school?
- Has your school conducted information or training sessions with staff members on addressing school bullying?
- Does the school hold resources, eg., books, DVDs, articles etc ., that can assist teachers in understanding and responding to bullying?
- Has your school conducted a survey or surveys to ascertain the prevalence and nature of bullying? If so, have the results been made accessible to parents?
- Does your school have a policy regarding bullying? (Note 5)
- Was the policy developed with the assistance of parents?
- Is there a copy of the school anti-bullying policy accessible to you?
- Has the school placed the policy on line for people to see?
- How does the school directly address the problem of cyberbullying
- Do staff members at the school work together in addressing the problem of bullying? That is, is there a whole school approach?
- Are students in the school informed about bullying and what they should do about it?
- Are there lessons or activities being conducted in classrooms directed towards improving interpersonal relations among students? (Note 7)
- Does the school communicate with parents, eg., through newsletter or meetings on matters relating to children's interpersonal behaviour at school?
- Does the school seek to empower students so that they can help children who are being bullied, for example as peer supporters? (Note 9)
- Are students advised as to how they may act as bystanders when they witness bullying taking place?
- Does the school deal with cases of bullying effectively?
- Does the school enlist the support of adults who are not school staff members, such as bus drivers, the police, cafeteria staff?
- Does the school's policy focus primarily on punishment?
- Does the school make use of restorative practice as a means of resolving cases of bullying? (Note 11)
- Are non-punitive methods such as the Support Group Method and the Method of Shared Concern ever employed with cases of bullying? (Note 11a)
- Does the school systematically record and evaluate outcomes following interventions?
- Is the school fully aware of its moral and legal responsibilities in addressing school bullying?
- Is your school addressing the issue of school bullying to your satisfaction ?