What makes school anti-bullying policies essential? A psychologist explains

It is important for both schools and families to ensure that they do not enable an environment for child bullying, advises counselling psychologist Jeremy Bayer.

Read: Signs your child is being bullied (and how parents, schools can help)

Bayer explains that bullying is an intentional act with malicious undertones that hurt others.

A person is being bullied when he or she is being repeatedly exposed over time to negative actions from one or more persons.

Jeremy Bayer, counselling psychologist

He says schools without policies against bullying, racism, homophobia or other forms of discrimination make children more vulnerable.

The fact is that bullying can result in suicide, so to not talk about it is tragic.

Jeremy Bayer, counselling psychologist

Also read: Schools should have a hate speech policy - psychologist

According to Bayer, effective anti-bullying policies should:

  • adopt a collaborative approach in its creation
  • be contained in the school's code of conduct
  • be explained to all learners
  • include the definition of bullying and different types of bullying
  • outline procedures to follow (including who to tell, how to record bullying, measures taken to stop bullying and potential punishment)
  • be promoted and made accessible to parents, staff and learners
  • be reviewed on a regular basis

Bayer explained the importance of anti-bullying policies, the effects of bullying on children and answered questions from several callers.

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