Bullying is a growing concern for parents and students. School administrators for the most part do what they can, but legally their hands are tied. While Missouri parents were hopeful with the introduction of HB 134, a bill set to mandate that all Missouri schools have anti-bullying policies in place. The bill HB 134 had a proposed effective date of August 13 2013, but has not been placed on the Missouri House of Representative’s calendar.
There is hope for a bully-free educational environment. Since 1999, K12 has successfully operated online full time public schools, offered individual course and product sales directly to families, and worked with traditional schools to improved education. K12, operating for more than 14 years, is supporting a bully-free community. K12 teachers and educators across America are encouraging students to openly share their stories about the bullying they experienced prior to enrolling in their online school in an effort to promote kindness, compassion, and respect among students.
K12 commissioned a survey by Edge Research of nearly 2,000 parents with children currently enrolled in K12 online schools. The results are encouraging.
- Ninety percent would recommend online schools to someone with a student dealing with bullying.
- In addition, the survey also found that 23% of all parents and 34% of middle-school parents enrolled in K12 online schools cited bullying as one of the reasons why they chose to enroll.
Of parents who enrolled their children because of bullying:
- Ninety-four percent say that attending online school has helped address the bullying issue;
- Ninety-five percent believe their child has benefited academically;
- Ninety-six percent would recommend a K12 online school to other families whose children were experiencing bullying problems;
- The top reason parents believe online schools have helped their kids: Increased self-confidence and increased focus on schoolwork. Parents attribute this to the absence of threats and bullies in the classroom.
“We’ve seen a lot of kids come to K12 after suffering from bullying, and with the support and environment that we provide they have been able to be successful and flourish,” said K12’s Director of Guidance Counseling Services Laurel Barrette. “We are proud to be able to provide that opportunity to kids.”