*Speak to Both Parties*- Victims need to know that you are safe to talk to and are genuinely concerned for them. Also, encourage them to speak up as you are available to help them resolve the issue. Speak to the bully also and ensure that they take responsibility for their actions. Punish bullies as dictated by the school’s intervention codes of conduct. Have these conversations separately to avoid more causes for bullying. As the victim may feel intimidated and the bully may get triggered. You may also want to suggest counselling for either or both parties if the need arises.
*Encourage Peer Support*- Since you may not be present at all times of bullying incidences encourage other students to not be bystanders. Students asking bullies to stop has been said to have more impact than teachers telling them to stop. Encourage students to stand up for themselves against bullies. This way everyone becomes an anti-bullying activist thereby reducing bullying occurrences.
*Be a Model*- Children practice what they see. If you are a bully it is only normal for your students themselves to be bullies. Learn class management techniques and emotional intelligence so that you can handle your classroom properly.
Bullying has potential long term negative influences on victims. It affects your student’s ability to learn and interact. Your ability to effectively handle bullying in your class is indicative of your teaching competence. Every school should have interventions put in place to manage bullying situations. Bullying should be an open and ongoing discussion within the classroom and on the assembly.