A recent study found there’s a divide between the perceptions of students and teachers when it comes to bullying: Nearly 80% of educators polled felt their school was ready to deal with bullying and cyberbullying, but only 60% of students agreed. Today’s youth live in a digital world, and as a result, bullying is as portable as the devices in their pockets. All this can have grave consequences.
With student mental health already at an all time low, studies have shown that anxiety and depression can be made worse by bullying. Victims of cyberbullying report higher rates of depression than other forms of bullying. Even if they’re not the target of the bullying, seeing bullying happen can make students feel unsafe and distract them from their academics.
Given that bullying of any kind can be detrimental to a child’s mental health, grades, and behavior, it’s imperative that K-12 schools work to stop and prevent bullying in all forms.
This free guide can help. Download it now to learn:
- Effective strategies to stop bullying that all K-12 districts can apply, no matter their size or location
- How edtech software can help school districts gain visibility so key personnel can intervene and prevent bullying and cyberbullying
- Bullying and cyberbullying warning signs to watch for (knowing the signs is one of the first steps to help stop bullying in all its forms)
- Ways to create a safe school culture for everyone