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7 IDEAS TO ENSURE A SAFE ATMOSPHERE IN SCHOOLS FOR STUDENTS FROM SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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Sexual Harassment cases at schools are increasing day by day and a recently happened case in Bengaluru is one among them. Creating a safe atmosphere in schools to protect students from sexual harassment is most needed in today’s time.

Here are some key steps schools can take to ensure a safe environment:

Compulsory Psychological Assessment and Police Verification: These tests can be used as part of the selection process for hiring new staff to ensure that candidates possess the psychological qualities needed for maintaining a safe atmosphere for students. Police verification has to be mandatory before appointing the staff.

Develop and Communicate A ZERO Tolerance Policies: Establish well-defined policies and procedures that address sexual harassment and communicate to all students, staff, and parents it has to be a ZERO tolerance policy.

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Educate Students and Staff: Conduct frequent training sessions and workshops to teach faculty, staff, and students on the definition of sexual harassment, how to spot it, and how to prevent it. Training should also teach how to assist victims and how to report crimes.

Strict Access to the school building for visitors and CCTV Vigilance: Make sure that the school has a strict visitor policy during school hours. No trespassing should be accepted. CCTV must not only be installed but also a team should be deployed for regular monitoring.

Here are some steps parents can take to help prevent sexual harassment:

Friendly Communication: Maintain open communication with your child, creating a comfortable environment for open discussions about emotions, experiences, and worries. Adapt conversations to your child’s understanding and age, and educate them on sexual harassment and proper conduct.

Being Familiar with School Policies: Learn about the school’s procedures for dealing with and preventing sexual harassment. Understand the reporting processes and the handling of occurrences. During the orientation program, ask the schools to give all staff members detailed information.

Encourage Reporting: Make sure your kids are aware that they can come to you or a trustworthy teacher with any situation of sexual harassment. Assure them that you are on their side and will take the necessary action.

Remember that parents and schools must work together to provide a safe environment. You may assist in preventing and addressing sexual harassment in schools by educating and empowering your child, keeping lines of communication open, and being proactive.

Dr. Manjeet Jain
Dr. Manjeet Jain


CEO – Education India and Indigo Global School

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