We all have experienced the shame, frustration, and hurt associated with name-calling. Name calling is purposefully hurtful, as the whole premise behind the activity is to cause pain. Some students simply enjoy hurting others, while others join in to avoid being targeted themselves.
Name-calling can have long lasting effects on students, and schools need to be as proactive as possible with this highly prevalent form of bullying. Below are some general effects that name-calling can have on students, as well as some tips for creating a classroom and school that strives to build strong, capable, and well-rounded students.
- Low self-esteem
- Bullying of others
- Poor grades
- Decreased appetite
- Check out this link, as it provides excellent information for students to combat name-calling:http://www.adl.org/combatbullying/pdf/taking-a-stand-bullying-guide.pdf
- Establish a “No Name-Calling” week at your school
- Check out this link containing fantastic tips for eliminating name-calling in your school:http://www.imaginelearning.com/blog/index.php/2011/01/stop-student-bullying-15-ways-to-participate-in-no-name-calling-week/
- Consider using this lesson to help students build empathy and combat name-calling:http://www.partnersagainsthate.org/educators/ms_lesson_6.pdf
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