It seems that School Personnel are constantly receiving information about bullying and how to help students. This webpage is not intended to be an exhaustive list of resources available to you, but rather a place to start your search. Although research in this area is relatively new, we do know that there is a disconnect between what students are experiencing and what adults are observing, especially since most bullying episodes last for less than 40 seconds. Middle School appears to be the age at which most bullying occurs.
High profile acts of mass violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children and youth who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved ones are at risk. Students will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Adults themselves may struggle with the growing reality of mass violence in the United States, particularly gun violence. However, caregivers and school personnel have a responsibility to help children and youth feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security, reinforcing their natural resilience, and talking with them about their fears.
Educating young people about peer pressure without glamorizing risk-taking behaviors can be a challenge. It is important for educators to incorporate peer pressure awareness into their curriculum.
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