Promoting a Community of Upstanders & Preventing Mean, Cruel and/or Bullying BehaviorsThe Alarming Facts:
- In many school communities, over 50% of students do not feel safe in school.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention affirmed that bullying is a public health problem.
- One in three students report being bullied.
- There is a growing body of research that shows that mean, cruel and/or bullying behaviors adversely affects everyone: the target of this behavior (the “victim”), the people who see or hear about it (“witnesses”) and the person who is acting in mean, cruel and/or bullying ways!
- In fact, the entire school community is affected by the negative behavior of even a minority.
The most common finding in NSCC’s school climate measurement using the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) with thousands of schools is that, although the adults believe that social as well as physical safety is a “mild” and sometimes “moderately severe problem”, students consistently rate school safety as a “severe problem.” As a result, a significant percentage of our work with schools, districts, State Departments of Education and the federal government has been focused on promoting Upstander (or socially responsible) behavior and preventing mean, cruel and/or bullying behavior. All of NSCC’s bully prevention efforts are grounded in comprehensive school climate improvement efforts that prevent mean, cruel and/or bullying behaviors and promote Upstander behaviors.
To learn more about the research and best practices that provide the foundation for our work in this area, click here.NSCC partners with schools to prevent mean, cruel and/or bullying behaviors and promote Upstander behaviors in various ways. Our work is grounded in a six-step implementation process that is detailed in the Breaking the Bully-Victim-Bystander Cycle Tool Kit: Creating a Climate of Safety and Responsibly. This process is aligned with the U.S. Department of Education's bully prevention guidelines. This comprehensive, school climate informed implementation process supports educational leaders and the whole school community working on:
- Developing a shared vision about what kind of school you want your school to be.
- Assessing your school’s current strengths and needs in a comprehensive, reliable and valid manner.
- Supporting district, Principal, classroom and student leadership.
- Teaching and learning with students in classrooms, advisory classes, and other small group experiences.
- Individual efforts that range from ‘one-on-one’ moments with students who may be acting in mean, cruel and/or bullying ways to strategies that enhance parent/educator/mental health professional partnerships.
- Supporting school-home-community partnerships that prevent the bully-victim-bystander cycle and promote Upstander behavior.