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Monday, April 17, 2006

NEA launches anti-bullying campaign

The National Educational Association has launched a National Bullying Awareness Campaign to reduce and eventually eradicate bullying in America’s schools.

“Convincing research indicates that this goal can best be achieved by fostering the active involvement of teachers, administrators, school support personnel, parents and community,” the NEA says.

The NEA encourages schools to initiate campaigns to prevent bullying that includes these elements:

* A code of conduct, effectively communicated to students
* Any child who is bullied or sees an act of bullying should be urged to report the incident to the designated school personnel
* Coaching on what to do when being bullied must be available to students
* Social skills instruction should be incorporated into class rooms
* Students who exhibit bullying behavior need to be shown other ways to use their energy