School bullying seems to be a growing problem with all of the media attention it’s been getting the past few years. While data shows that it’s actually diminishing, the problem is still one that deserves the right kind of attention and more concrete solutions on mitigating its detrimental effects, which include kids taking their own lives and lifelong impacts for those who bullied or let it happen.
The prevalence of bullying’s affects in media spurred the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Education (DoE) to release the first federal uniform definition of bullying in 2014 for research and surveillance purposes. There are a lot of resources available to help address school bullying, but one important piece to the puzzle might be overlooked.
Catch School Bullying With A Security System
While cyberbullying gets a lot of media coverage, it is secondary to bullying that occurs in person. There is conclusive evidence showing that between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students report being bullied at school. The majority of which happens in middle schools to kids who are “perceived as different from their peers.” The CDC and DoE break down the definition of bullying into two modes and four types.
The two modes of bullying are direct (occurs in the presence of the targeted child) and indirect (when rumors are spread behind the child’s back). The four types include physical, verbal, relational (damaging reputation), and property damage. Knowing these categories can help educators know what to look for. Unfortunately, when adults do recognize bullying, they don’t know how to respond. While we can’t provide expert advice on what adults can or should do when they see it occurring, we can offer a solution that can help catch instances of bullying that would otherwise go unseen.
Our video monitoring systems are designed, installed, and maintained to fit your needs and budget. Not only can our system help track bullying during the day, it can protect the grounds from vandalism and property damage at night.
While zero tolerance policies have been shown to be ineffective when it comes to preventing bullying, you can pair this sentiment with the proof of video monitoring to educate school children on how serious the school takes bullying. There’s not much a child could say to defend himself against bullying caught on camera. If they know that the entire school and surrounding grounds are monitored, bullying will decrease as students begin to see the repercussions.
stopbullying.gov is a government run organization run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with. You can find trusted statistics and resources for educators, parents, and the community. Learn more about our surveillance system and how we can come alongside your school to increase security for everyone.