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How to manage a bullying incident

How to manage a bullying incident

Bullying induces pressure in the school climate. This pressure has to be alleviated to create a respectful and safe environment for children and youth. The following steps could be applied:

Pay attention: Look out for warning signs that may indicate a bullying problem.
Communicate on a daily basis and ask open-ended questions that encourage conversation.
Act: Don’t ignore it and act on it immediately by speaking to the child.
Separate: Separate the parties involved and address them individually to understand the issues without taking sides.
Calm: Be calm and be respectful while engaging involved parties. Teachers should also share on what are the possible outcomes and consequences.
Accountability: Appropriate measure for accountability is necessary to address the issue. Bullying behaviours will not be tolerated. On the other hand, the dignity of the child has to be maintained without labelling or belittling anyone. Bystanders should also be interviewed to obtain a third party account of the bullying episode.
Listen without judgement: Gather information, verify information, conduct proper assessment and carry out appropriate follow-up actions to avoid false accusations.

Teachers are encouraged to refer closely to the Bullying Management Tool Kit developed by Ministry of Education.