Tips to Prevent Bullying in Recess

by SPARK


Two Boys Fighting In School Playground

Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and affect their ability to learn and concentrate in class. Opportunities for bullying are found all over the school campus but in this blog we’ll focus on steps we can take to prevent bullying during recess.

Recess is the time when students get a break in their day to connect with their friends, participate in unstructured physical activity and get some sunshine and fresh air. Kids look forward to recess and are excited to get outside to play, but it is not a positive experience for everybody. With a large number of kids and a limited number of adults, recess has a lot of time and many opportunities for bullying to occur. It doesn’t have to be that way.  Here are some strategies to prevent bullying at recess and allow all kids to move and have fun.

Provide age-appropriate activities and equipment

  • Students should feel comfortable participating and have access to developmentally appropriate games, equipment and facilities
  • Need some ideas? Ask your PE teacher for activities and check out the SPARKabc’s program, including resources for recess.

Provide a variety of activities

  • Teach students a variety of activities to play during recess because they spend so much less time outdoors they haven’t learned the types of activities to do during unstructured times- outside of team sports
  • Set up activities for students to encourage them to participate in a new game- maybe something they haven’t experienced before

Active supervision

  • Encourage supervisors to be mobile, constantly moving around the playground area so they are visible and kids know that they have support nearby
  • Teach students how to identify problems and the process for communicating issues with recess supervisors

By keeping students engaged and active we can work to prevent bullying before it starts so kids can be physically active, have fun and feel successful during every school day.

For additional bullying prevention resources, visit the new School Specialty Blog: http://blog.schoolspecialty.com/tag/bullying/

For additional recess resources, read this article on the SPARK Blog: http://sparkpe.org/the-importance-of-recess/

  • Great tip about encouraging a process for communication, hopefully things can be nipped in the bud more easily that way.

  • Sahithya

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  • Sahithya

    Great tips on Bullying. It is also important to know how to identify child bullying. here is an useful articles that helps parents to know how to identify child bullying:
    http://www.momjunction.com/art