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School staff often overlook bullying, because they do not recognize it or do not know how to respond. Many strategies are available to decrease bullying in school, including discussing bullying openly; refusing to accept bullying behavior; developing consistent, non-shaming consequences; creating a positive school climate; involving students, parents, and teachers; increasing hallway monitoring; keeping records on aggressive actions; creating support programs for victims; teaching victims problemsolving and assertiveness skills; and helping bullies become more empathic. Because preventing and reducing bullying requires a holistic system-wide approach, school social workers are in an excellent position to implement anti-bullying programs in their schools.
Journal of School Social Work