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Bullying behavior in schools can cause harm to students’ social and emotional well-being and be a significant barrier to learning. Bullying can be defined as a “physical, verbal or psychological attack or intimidation that is intended to cause fear, distress, or harm the victim” Farrington and Ttofi (2010). There is a perceived psychological or physical imbalance of power and often times, incidents between the same students occur repeatedly.

Some effective school practices to prevent bullying include:

  • reduce conditions that contribute to bullying at school (e.g., unsupervised areas);
  • pursue school-wide approaches that establish a positive school culture and climate;
  • build on the foundation of school-wide approaches in implementing classroom programs;
  • intervene to turn bullies around by directly addressing motivational and developmental concerns related to individuals who bully and those who support bullying; and
  • respond to any problems experienced by those who are bullied and those who witness bullying.

These practices can be implemented through a Comprehensive System of Learning Supports that promotes the necessary conditions for learning and addresses any barriers to learning.

Source- Center for Mental Health in Schools, UCLA​

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