Chris Mumford is the PR Content Manager for Western Governors University (WGU).
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Bullying presents a seemingly intractable problem: it often takes place when adults aren't around (especially since the dawn of social media), and the majority of cases—upwards of 64 percent—go unreported.
Teachers can't be everywhere and see everything all the time, so what can be done?
Research by the Congressoinal Research Service offers a glimmer of hope: bullying has been decreased by as much as 25 percent in schools that have implemented an anti-bullying campaign of some kind. Making students aware, and establishing clear, firm policies against bullying can go a long way.
Further reading: Stop Bullying
Above all, students should be given the skills they need to handle bullies when they encounter them. That's why we summoned some super friends for this free, printable poster you can put up in your classroom to remind students of the different steps they can take if someone is mistreating them. Walk through the different strategies with your students, recite them as a class, and remind them that they should never tolerate bullying from anyone!