Structural changes can address those vulnerable places — the out-of-sight corner of the playground, the entrance hallway at dismissal time.
Then, Dr. Sege said, “activating the bystanders” means changing the culture of the school; through class discussions, parent meetings and consistent responses to every incident, the school must put out the message that bullying will not be tolerated.
Nice article today at the Gray Lady about the importance of facing down bullies and changing the culture of a school. The most important part of this process for teachers is to be aware of the hallway outside your classroom, and the space inside your classroom during passing time. Also, I think it helps a lot if teachers eat lunch with the students in the lunch room or cafeteria. Meals are a terrific time for bullying if you’re a kid who likes bullying; there’s fewer adults and fewer eyes paying attention.