Effective communication between schools and parents to reduce bullying

Effective communication between schools and parents to reduce bullying

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hannah jones started this petition to All Schools and

Despite policies stating zero tolerance on bullying in many schools, bullying seems to be more of an issue than ever! 

This petition is being started with passion and dedication to make a difference. The first step I want to see schools make is to notify parents of children who are seen to be displaying bullying behaviour towards others. I'm talking about recognising tendencies before it gets totally out of hand and keeping parents in the loop so their children dont only get disciplined in school but parents can take their own action at home to get to the bottom of why their child is behaving in such a way.

The fear of your child being a bully is probably just about at scary as your child being bullied. Can we have the freedom to take preventative measures before it becomes an issue that is very difficult to reverse? 

Would parents really be opposed to receiving an email/ letter/ having a phone call or face to face conversation just to say 'your child appears to be named a lot lately when other children have been upset.'? (That being a mild version of events of course)

I'm not on about stopping kids being kids. They can be pretty dreadful at times as we know but theres a definite difference between immaturity and being a bully in the making. 

Occurrences of bullying can vary so widely and it appears to be at school staff's discretion what does or doesn't constitute actual bullying. It feels like it's being overlooked when a child displays actual malice in their actions just because it can so easily be put down to kids being kids. 

Emotional wellbeing is as important as physical health so why arent we recognising that in our schools? ZERO BULLYING is attractive on paper when looking at schools but this is simply not the case in most schools today. 

If primary schools arent willing to revise their methods then we can only have limited expectations of secondary schools taking effective action. If our children have been allowed to get away with bullying for their first 7/8 years of education, not a great deal will be possible to correct that behaviour once they reach secondary school. 

We need to start seeing this as a crisis. These children are precious and vital to society. One day, they will be the ones who are in trusted positions whatever they might be. They need nurturing and protecting but above all, guidance on how to be good and honest people. 

We need the communication from schools in order to establish any issues we as parents may need to address. The chances are, the behaviours that may arise at school would not be seen at home. I for one want to be informed of anything my children might do that could cause concern and I feel most parents will agree.

Whilst I have an awareness of budgetary constraints, I see the first step as completing a thorough audit of schools' anti bullying policies by a committee made up of parents, school staff representatives and governors. This is a work in progress but I am sourcing individuals who would be prepared to spearhead this as a viable campaign. If you feel you can help either by being proactive or by offering advice, please email me hannahlovesmarket@gmail.com

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