National Bullying Prevention Month

  • For Educators
Pupils Friends Teasing a Pupil Standing Alone


We know that everyday, many students are targeted on the basis of their race, religion, social class, sexual orientation or other aspect of their identity and that some of the most serious cases of bullying that occur in schools are the result of bias based on these aspects of identity. Name-calling and bullying, like other bias-motivated behaviors, have the potential to escalate into more serious incidents of violence if they are unchecked. 

National Bullying Prevention Month is an opportunity to reflect on the classroom and school culture and ensure that we are engaging in best practices when it comes to creating respectful school environments that foster inclusion and respect and that effectively address the intersection of bullying and bias. The large body of credible research on effective responses to name-calling and bullying concurs that schools and other educational institutions can best address these behaviors through ongoing, comprehensive plans that include both intervention and prevention strategies and engage all people in the school environment: students, educators, school staff, families and other community members.

The cycle of name-calling and bullying behaviors is best interrupted by motivated allies. By exploring the range of behaviors associated with being an ally and engaging in opportunities to develop and put into practice skills to respond to name-calling and bullying, students can be motivated and empowered to act as allies and help contribute to creating a positive “ally culture” at their schools.

Online Course for Educators

Building Ally Behaviors (for teachers of grades 3-7)--free, on-demand 20 minute course


Words That Heal: Using Children’s Literature to Address Bullying (Grades PreK-12)  

Cyberbullying: Understanding and Addressing Online Cruelty (Grades K-12)

Identity-Based Bullying (Grades 2-5)

What is Weight Bias? (Grades 6-8)

Addressing Hate Online: Countering Cyberhate with Counterspeech (Grades 9-12)

Bias, Bullying and Bad Behavior in the NFL (Grades 9-12)  

Children’s Books

Hello, Universe (Book of the Month, October 2018)

Posted (Book of the Month, October 2017)

Rules (Book of the Month, December 2015)

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade (Book of the Month, October 2015)

Confessions of a Former Bully (Book of the Month, October 2014)  

Each Kindness (Book of the Month, August 2014)  

Wonder (Book of the Month, April 2014)

Children's and Young Adult Books about Bullying Awareness and Prevention 

Rosalind's Classroom Conversations

Stop Pulling Your Hair Out: What To Do When Bullying Interventions Don't Work

Jokes, Excuses and Why Words Matter

Do No Harm: How to Intervene Without Making it Worse

Online Behavior: We're Just As Bad As We Say Teens Are

Every Conflict Isn’t Bullying

Education Resources

What Bullying Is and Is Not (Table Talk Parent/Family Discussion Guide)

Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Strategies and Resources (English and Spanish)  

Definitions Related to Name-Calling, Bullying and Bias  

Building Respectful School Climates (Webinars)  

Bullying and Cyberbullying Workshops   

Be An Ally: Six Simple Ways

What Can I Do About Bullying Among Young Children?  

Misdirections in Bullying Prevention and Intervention  

Labeling Behavior, Not People (Blog)

Teachers Teasing Youth Is No Joke, It’s Bullying (Blog)  

ADL Model Cyberbullying Statute