ERIC Number: EJ916286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: 4
Addressing Bullying: Policy and Practice
Lerman, Bradford C.
Principal Leadership, v11 n1 p34-37 Sep 2010
Bullying can be a serious and damaging experience for students today. The children who bully are more likely to be truant; drop out of school; or engage in alcohol, tobacco, or other drug abuse, and children who are bullied are more likely to experience depression, low self-esteem, health problems, poor grades, and suicidal thoughts. In addition, it is estimated that as many as 160,000 students stay home from school on any given day because they are afraid of being bullied. School bullying occurs both as isolated incidents and as patterns of behavior that might indicate broad systemic issues. It can be diminished through policy and research-based best practices, such as the combination of prevention and intervention skills and strategies used in New Jersey. To create safe learning environments that foster student success, principals, staff members, stakeholders, and community members must make efforts to develop and support environments where bullying is considered unacceptable and is not tolerated.
Descriptors: Bullying, Prevention, Drug Abuse, Suicide, Depression (Psychology), Truancy, Dropouts, Self Esteem, Low Achievement, Best Practices, Educational Policy, Intervention, Administrator Role, Principals
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey