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8 Resources for Bullying Prevention and Awareness
Oct 06, 2017 2017-10-06
By Taylor Kremer
National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign held during the month of October to unite communities to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. In order to help you prevent bullying, we’ve collected resources you can use in your classrooms and schools.
Start an Upstander Alliance at your school and create a targeted, community-wide engagement project focused on preventing bullying and raising awareness. BullyBust launched the Upstander Alliance to empower youth to prevent harmful harassment, teasing, bullying, and cyberbullying. Past projects include making a club for students who don't want to dine alone at lunch, holding antibullying rallies with signs covered in positive messages, and making a short film to show to classmates.
3. STOP it App
With the STOPit app for iOS and Android, users can anonymously report incidents of inappropriate conduct or safety concerns, such as harassment, bullying, ethics or compliance violations, weapons possession, hazing, safety hazards, threats, assault, or other illegal activity. STOPit also offers STOPit Messenger, which enables two-way anonymous communication between users and school administrators.
4. Not in Our School Lesson Plans
Not in Our School (NIOS) is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all. In partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, NIOS offers lesson plans for K-12 students. The lessons include exploring stereotypes, discussing prejudice and discrimination, and using role-playing to practice effective bullying or harassment interventions.
5. Words That Heal: Using Children’s Literature to Address Bullying
Children’s literature can be an effective tool for addressing concerns about bullying. Words That Heal: Using Children’s Literature to Address Bullying is a curriculum unit that includes a bibliography of children’s books that address bullying and instructional activities based on a variety of books for grades K—12 that can increase empathy and help students respond constructively to bullying.
6. Discover Kindness in the Classroom
Discover Kindness in the Classroom website provides materials from Discovery Education that are designed to stimulate thoughtful conversations between educators and students about the importance of kindness in their daily lives. They include lesson plans and activities that highlight concepts such as compassion, respect, and fairness.
7. Suicide and Bullying Issue Brief
The Suicide and Bullying issue brief discusses the relationship between suicide and bullying among young people, with special attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. It also explores strategies for prevention.
8. One and All
One and All is a project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for creating, posting, and sharing stories, videos, and resources to spark a shared conversation about how educators can protect students, respond to harassment, and build strong, positive, and inclusive schools. Educators are invited to share their ideas, experiences, and perspectives on the difficult questions they are now navigating.
Editor’s note: Teacher Trevor Muir shares his experience with bullying as a student and compares it to cyberbullying today. He offers educators insights into how to fight cyberbullying and empower students to stand against bullying.
The Anti-Defamation League offers “Building Ally Behaviors,” a free 20-minute online course to help teachers in grades 3–7 maintain a positive, safe, inclusive classroom environment so all students can learn and thrive. The course takes teachers through a process to help students move from being bystanders to using ally behaviors in bullying situations.
Celebrating Student Voices, Facing History’s2018 student essay contest, invites students to reflect on the stories and ideals that have helped shape the ways they think about their roles and responsibilities as engaged members of their communities. The contest highlights themes in the upcoming PBS documentary film American Creed.