This blog discusses the issue of educating children from a young school age about bullying. In general, if children are taught from a young age that bullying is unacceptable, these lessons and values will carry on into adulthood. Bullying education in schools is vital, as is an anti-bullying policy which teachers must be familiar with.
Anti-bullying Education for All
In an ideal world, bullying prevention would be practiced throughout society, in the home and in schools. However, the reality is often very different. While home life and other social factors play a large part in the causes and prevention of bullying, the role of schools in the prevention of anti-social behaviour is crucial. This education needs to start as early as possible.
From the time a child starts school, anti-bullying education needs to be part of the curriculum. Anti-bullying policies and bullying education are generally implemented within the education departments of the UK and Ireland. However, it is extremely important for children to be actively involved in drafting their schools anti-bullying policies. Encouraging students to stamp out bullying in their school environment will enable them to continue these practices in their family lives and other social interactions.
What to Teach Children About Bullying
Some people may believe that implementing an anti-bullying policy with very young school children is a bit extreme. However, the reality is that the earlier such education starts, the easier it is to uphold. Children who are taught at a young age to be accepting and inclusive towards all are much more likely to carry this mindset into adolescence. Teaching young children to play fairly and treat others with respect plants positive seeds in young minds — they soon learn that bullying is not acceptable.