Schools Can't Prevent Bullying Alone

by tstep3 on February 17, 2014 - 9:38pm


Bullying is a controversial topic that many people believe is a huge societal problem today, especially for younger children in elementary and middle school. However, there are many solutions or possible ways to decrease the amount of bullying happening in schools today. In elementary schools children are often taught a sense of community within adults but if they were to be exposed to a sense of community within their peers it would bring them together as a whole. Researchers have also found that it would be helpful to teach about bullying in a social studies class because there is already information relevant to bullying in the social studies curriculum. For example, students learn about the justice systems and the different levels of court. By connecting this knowledge to bullying, some schools have created peer mediation which means that students and their peers listen to both sides of the bullying and then create the punishments that they believe are suitable. Another example is the teaching of how a bill is created and passed. If children were to observe the laws the government is passing to prevent bullying, they might notice that it is a national problem and could then understand that it is something that needs to be stopped. The most important thing for teachers to stress to students about the negatives and prevention of bullying in schools, is that by bullying another student it is invading their natural human rights.

Although bullying is a major topic of discussion in schools, their environments outside of academics also contributes to the problem of bullying. How children are raised and brought up also influences if they are involved in an act of bullying. Schools have a responsibility to control what happens on school grounds and should also investigate ways to prevent it, but it cannot all depend on the school and administration. Parents and other adults in a children’s life, have a major influence on that child’s behavior and attitude toward things, including the treatment of other students. Teachers can create all the rules they want in a classroom but if the same ideas of such things as respect, responsibility, and friendship are not enforced in a home life, the children are not going to be fully exposed to these common rules. Therefore, they will acknowledge that they only need to be followed where they are enforced, in a classroom. This will open up many doors for bullying outside of a classroom. Punishment and prevention of bullying is extremely important in school but if society wants to eliminate bullying it is also important to consider outside forces contributing to bullying in schools.


Ernest Andrew Brewer & Rebecca P. Harlin (2008) Bullying: A Human Rights and Social Studies Issue, Childhood Education, 84:6, 383-386.


I think that this would have been an interesting article to read. I agree with your point in that if bullying is really going to end, it has to be addressed on more levels than just at school. There is only so much that school systems can do to stop bullying. A child can be well behaved at school and not bully other students, but they may act completely different outside of school. Also, some parents are not necessarily involved with their children’s education and will not support these rules in their home life. Hopefully schools and parents can somehow work together and address the issue of bullying and eliminate it and the problems that result.

To the author of this post: Thank you for writing this and bringing it to the attention of the public. I have also written an article on bullying, (soon to be posted) and it's something that I feel very strong about. In fact, this issue has inspired me so much, that I am planning to write, produce and direct a documentary on the subject. After all, this is something I know about; I was bullied all through school. And you're right, much of the aggressive behavior starts at home. So keep doing what you're doing, and you have my full support! Thank you. Jeff Cook

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