In fact, according to a recent study by the University of Virginia, schools that don't address teen bullying or have a climate of teen bullying suffer academically. And, it's not just the targets of bullying who suffer. The entire school suffers.
For instance, high schools in Virginia with significantly lower scores on standardized tests alsoÂ reported a high rate of bullying. This research indicates that bullying is a schoolwide issue and not an individual problem.
Researchers also theorize that students in schools with pervasive bullying are less engaged in learning due to the distractions bullying can cause. Teachers also may be less effective because they must spend more time focused on discipline.
So what can you do if your school district is lacking an effective anti-bullying campaign? Check out my tips for preventing bullying at your child's school.Photo courtesy of iStockphoto