Below are some notes that I made during the lecture.
Don’t increase formal sanctions for bullying. While sanctions are important do not increase them when a misdemeanour occurs. He stated that research has consistently indicated that these do not work.
Don’t have zero tolerance policies.
Don’t use public shaming.
Don’t use fear-based messaging, as this has been shown not to be effective.
Do talk about anonymous apps. Try to discourage the use of these. Although students can post information anonymously, these apps also hold IP addresses so people’s computer can be traced.
Do follow up school assemblies with a plan, send information home to parents and do role plays with students.
Do chose speakers wisely, new cyber gurus are appearing every day.
Don’t say ‘bullying causes suicide’ as this is generally not true. There are usually other factors involved.