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Michele Borba’s Essential 6 R’s of Bullying Prevention

Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, Replace. What do these 6 R’s have in common? Bullying prevention, of course!

The Essential 6 R’s of Bullying Prevention [PDF] is a free resource and great guide for creating a safe learning environment. Author Dr. Michele Borba, Ed.D., stresses that bullying prevention is not a quick fix, but an ongoing process. Her solutions are unique in that they help several people within the bullying cycle: The bully, the bullied, and the bystanders.

Here are a few highlights from Dr. Borba’s guide to help you get started:
  1. Know where you are now and set goals.
    Evaluate yourself, your staff and coworkers, and your school’s climate. Reflect on what bullying prevention looks like now and set a goal of what it should look like. This can help you develop next steps. (See page 7 of the guide for more details.)
  1. Conduct an informal survey.
    This will help you get an idea of your students’ opinions about bullying at your school. Your survey should include all students in order to reach the bullies, the bullied, and the bystanders. (See page 13 for an example survey.)
  1. Identify patterns and hot spots.
    From your survey, you may identify specific places or times that bullying takes place. This can help your school create a bullying hot-spots map. Understanding where and when bullying takes place can help teachers, administrators, and other supervisors be extra vigilant about high-frequency areas. (See page 15 for an example image of bullying hot spots.)

These are just a few ways to get started with the 6 R’s. It’s important to keep in mind that bullying prevention is a continuous effort and often involves a culture change within your school’s environment. Take a look at the complete guide to learn more, and be sure to head on over to 31 for 31 and check out our School Bullying Prevention Difference Makers.
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