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Curbing Bullying in Childcare

image in article Curbing Bullying in ChildcareBullying is an imbalance of power where the victim is upset but the bully typically is not. Bullies usually have no remorse and do not see the need for a resolution. Bullying is ongoing and can be a serious emotional or physical threat.

There are several different types of bullying that caregivers must be aware of in order to prevent or halt bullying behaviors.

  • Direct bullying: Aggressive behaviors occur in the presence of the targeted youth.
    • Examples: face-to-face interactions (pushing, hitting), direct harmful written or verbal communications (taunting, mean notes)
  • Indirect bullying: Aggressive behavior(s) are not directly communicated to the youth.
    • Examples: spreading rumors, telling others to exclude
  • Physical: hitting, kicking, punching, spitting, tripping, pushing
  • Verbal: Taunting, name-calling, threatening words, notes or gestures, sexual comments
  • Relational: designed to harm reputation and relationships
  • Social isolation, spreading rumors, posting embarrassing images

When caregivers are committed to ensuring the safety of all children in their care, a bullying prevention program is an excellent way to address common behaviors in older children. A successful bully prevention program is:

  • Universal (school-wide)
  • Preventative and problem solving
  • Focused on changing norms and behaviors
  • Research-based
  • Not time-limited; requires systematic efforts over time
  • Inclusive of bystander involvement

Interested in learning more about bullying and ways to prevent or halt bullying behaviors? Check out H&H Child Care Training Center today and see our wide list of training courses offered to support early childhood educators.

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