Protocol on Bullying and Online Bullying for Schools | Stop Pesten NU


Protocol on Bullying and Online Bullying for Schools

Bullying, in all its forms, is a pervasive issue that affects students globally. With the digital age, online bullying has emerged as a new and equally harmful form of harassment. To combat this, it's essential for schools to adopt a comprehensive protocol that addresses both traditional and online bullying.

1. Definition of Bullying

Bullying is repetitive, intentional harm where there's a power imbalance between the bully and the victim. This harm can be physical, verbal, relational, or psychological.

2. Definition of Online Bullying

Online bullying, or cyberbullying, involves using electronic technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. This includes text messages, emails, social media, and websites.

3. Reporting mechanism

Schools should establish a clear, accessible, and confidential system for reporting bullying. This could be a designated person, an online portal, or an anonymous drop-box.

4. Investigation

Upon receiving a bullying report, designated staff should investigate promptly. This involves talking to the victim, the bully, and any witnesses. Online bullying may require checking digital footprints, with respect to privacy laws.

5. Sanctions and consequences

The school must have a clear set of consequences that escalate based on the severity and frequency of the bullying. Here are some potential sanctions:

  • First-time minor offense
    Verbal warning and mandatory counseling session.
  • Repeated minor offenses
    Written warning, notification to parents, and multiple counseling sessions.
  • Major offense (physical violence, explicit threats)
    Suspension, intensive counseling, and possible law enforcement involvement.
  • First-time minor online offense
    Verbal warning, mandatory digital etiquette class, and temporary ban from school's online platforms.
  • Repeated minor online offenses
    Written warning, parent notification, extended digital etiquette classes, and longer bans from school's online platforms.
  • Major online offense (spreading explicit content, serious threats):
    Suspension intensive digital etiquette classes, potential legal consequences, and permanent bans from school's online platforms.

6. Prevention and Education

The school should regularly host workshops and sessions on bullying prevention, digital etiquette, and online safety. These sessions should be for students, teachers, and parents.

7. Support for Victims:

Ensure that victims have access to counseling, peer support groups, and resources to help them cope and recover.

8. Rehabilitation for Bullies:

Bullies often act out because of their struggles. Offering counseling, peer mediation, and constructive ways to express themselves can help reform their behavior.

9. Regular Review:

The school should review the protocol annually, considering new technologies, trends in bullying, and feedback from students, parents, and staff.

10. Community Involvement:

Engage the larger community in anti-bullying efforts. This can include local businesses, organizations, law enforcement, and more.