By Lani deGuia, Guest Blogger and Curriki Member
Bullying is a form of victimization where an individual is the target of harmful and repetitive aggressive behavior. The perpetrator uses an imbalance of power in their favor over the target.
According to research, about 1 out of 3 students in grades 6-12 in the United States say they have been bullied at school. About 70% of young people say they have witnessed bullying in their schools.
It is apparent that the problem is prevalent and is a concern in K-12 school communities. It is critical for schools to be educated on what bullying is, be consistent with how they address it, and work to establish as safe school community for all of the students.
Because October has been identified by the PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center as National Bullying Prevention Month in the United States, Curriki is taking this opportunity to share resources that empower teachers to address and prevent bullying in schools.
- Unity Day Oct. 25 – Today is Unity Day, when schools across the United States join together in solidarity to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion. This is the perfect time to spread awareness, wear orange to support the campaign, and participate in classroom and schoolwide activities such as discussions, parades, and murals.
- Tweens Struggling With Bullying – These books reviewed by StorySnoops.com feature tween characters who struggle with bullying.
- Beat A Bully Without Using Your Fists – This whiteboard animation teaches why bullying happens and how to deal with it successfully.
- Books About Bullying – In this podcast from ReadWriteThink, bullying expert CJ Bott, author of The Bully in the Book and the Classroom and More Bullies in More Books provides insights on bullying and a variety of fiction and nonfiction books for teens that explore the problem of bullying.
Anti-Bullying Measures in the Classroom and Schools
- Best Practices in Bullying Prevention – This handout from Stop Bullying Now! provides 10 basic practices for a quality Bullying Prevention Program.
- Harmony in the Classroom – This book from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service provides strategies for building safe and inclusive classrooms for special populations.
- PACER Downloads-Notify the School About Bullying – There are several downloads available from the PACER Center including a checklist on what to do when you encounter bullying in your school.
- Anti-Bullying Program – This Anti-Bullying Program is intended for middle school administrators and teachers as an introduction to the prevalence and implications of adolescent bullying on school campuses. The program includes lectures and sample activities for teachers to implement into the classroom.
Anti-Bullying Lesson Plans
- Bystander Revolution’s Bullying – This series of lessons for elementary, middle, and high school discusses verbal, physical and social bullying through discussions around awareness videos.
- A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups – In this lesson, students learn how to effectively deal with bullying by participating in literature response groups and writing about when they experienced a similar situation or emotion as a fictional character.
- The Chocolate War and Bullying – Resources on teaching about bullying through The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier include a marbles activity to discuss peer pressure and bullying as well as a letter to yourself on bullying.
Bullying can be diminished through education and persistence. Keep communication open, teach tolerance, understanding, and communication. Make schools safe for children!
Lani deGuia is a Norfolk, VA-based Educational Consultant with experience writing and developing curriculum and managing school technology.