Article

Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 1-4

First Do No Harm: Emotional Maltreatment in the Classroom

  • Margaret A. KingAffiliated withEarly Childhood Education, School of Human and Consumer Sciences, W324 Grover Center, College of Health and Human Services, Ohio University Email author 
  • , Gregory R. JansonAffiliated withFamily Studies, School of Human and Consumer Sciences, W324 Grover Center, College of Health and Human Services, Ohio University

Abstract

Emotional maltreatment of children is occurring in classrooms daily and professionals sometimes are unaware of it. We are bound by a Code of Ethics, which states that we have a responsibility to intervene when children are harmed. Most professionals are unaware of how emotional maltreatment looks in the classroom and what they can do to prevent it. We have addressed what emotional maltreatment look like in the classroom and what teachers and parents can do to help to change this frequently occurring situation. The editorial presents a scenario of a first grade child who is experiencing emotional maltreatment in the classroom and strategies for parents and professionals to use when they observe emotional maltreatment in the classroom.

Keywords

Emotional maltreatment Ethical Conduct Code of Ethics Teachers Young children