Student Safety Tips from SYTA: Bullying During Travel

Bullying on a Class Trip: What to Do?

OCTOBER 11, 2018

Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for eSYTA.
It is an unfortunate situation to have to discuss or prepare for, but sometimes it is inevitable: bullying during a class trip. 

 

When a student, or students, are being treated unfairly during what is supposed to be a fun, safe, and educational experience, there are always a few key things you as an educator or chaperone should do. One of eSTYA's staff writers has broken this down for you in her article Bullying on a Class Trip: What to Do?

Here are her key tips:

According to stopbullying.gov, there are several things you can do in that moment:
  • Intervene immediately. It’s ok to get another teacher or chaperone to help.
  • Separate the kids involved.
  • Make sure everyone is safe.
  • Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
  • Stay calm and reassure the kids involved, including bystanders.
  • Model respectful behavior when you intervene.

Avoid these common mistakes:

  • Don’t ignore it or think kids can work it out without adult help.
  • Don’t immediately try to sort out the facts.
  • Don’t force other kids to say publicly what they saw.
  • Don’t question the children involved in front of other kids.
  • Don’t talk to the kids involved together, only separately.
  • Don’t make the kids involved apologize or patch up relations on the spot.

For more great tips on safety during student travel be sure to check out the eSYTA website, as well as our STYA Safety blog series!

 

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