How to prevent bullying on the return to school

The back to school. The exams, homework, text comments, meetings with friends at recess, etc., come back. But unfortunately, many other issues will again occupy headlines and cause great concern among parents. One example is bullying, an issue that continues to be the everyday life of many students and that has an important prevention tool in education.

Education and awareness that should not only be carried out in school. Take advantage of the days before the back to school to deal with this issue with the youngest is an excellent idea, either to prevent children from making fun of others or participating in these abusive practices, or to denounce them, whether with witnesses or if they are involved in they as victims.

The importance of empathy

Empathy is the first value that must be transmitted and strengthened in the return to school. Putting yourself in the other's shoes is very important to prevent bullying. Know how they feel companions It will help students avoid bothering other peers by understanding the situation in which they can involve other children their own age.

At the same time, the empathy will help them to learn that in the case of a school bullying they are witnessing, they should bring it to the attention of the students. relevant authorities. Just as if they were involved in a similar situation, as victims, they would like to receive help or someone to help them by warning about this context, they should respond in the same way.

The value of empathy will also help other newcomers to the school to be integrated and not be isolated of the rest of companions. To remind children that there was a time when they did not have friends in school and what it has cost to reach this situation, will make them understand that even if they do not know this student, they can learn a lot from him and create a beautiful relationship together with him.

Do not wait for a single day

Reporting cases of bullying as soon as you know them is very important. Stopping this situation from the first moment will prevent the problem from becoming worse or it will be possible to end an context that had been crawling since last year. For this reason, the first step is to eliminate the feeling of fear produced by pointing to the aggressor.

To create this trust, from the Foundation for Assistance to Children and Adolescents at Risk, ANAR, the following tips are provided:

- Establish a dynamic of communication and daily confidence.

- Talk about the day to day and little by little introduce the issue of harassment if you suspect that something happens with a partner, so it will not be the child who starts the conversation.

- If the child begins the conversation, parents should transmit calmness and calmness while controlling the situation.

- Transmit trust to teachers. The parents themselves must be the first to trust the teachers so that the little ones do not feel fear when telling these problems to the authorities.

Damián Montero

Video: STOP BULLYING! a short Film

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