National Bullying Prevention Month

  • For Educators
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Take a Stand Against Bullying

Every day in schools across the country, students are bullied based on aspects of their identity including  race, religion, gender and gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc. Some of the most serious cases of bullying that occur in schools are the result of bias based on identity groups. 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. It is a time to examine best practices when it comes to creating respectful school environments that foster inclusion and respect. The large body of 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. These can include both intervention and prevention strategies and engage all people in the school environment: students, educators, school staff, families and other community members.

How Can Teachers and Parents Prevent Bullying?

The cycle of name-calling and bullying is best interrupted by motivated allies. Teachers can help students by exploring with them the range of ally-building strategies and by practicing those skills and behaviors. Students can be motivated and empowered to act as allies and help contribute to creating a positive “ally culture” at their schools. Parents can keep the lines of communication open by talking with their children about bullying and cyberbullying and listening to what is happening for them in school and online.

State Anti-Bullying Laws

All fifty states and the District of Columbia have passed bullying prevention legislation. This information can be useful for schools when developing their own school and district policies. ADL’s Bullying Prevention Statutes Chart provides detailed information about each state’s bullying and cyberbullying laws. The resource includes links to the anti-bullying statute and whether each includes certain requirements such as statewide model policy, cyberbullying harassment provision, procedures for reporting, notification of parents, and more.

Resources

Below are resources educators and families can use to discuss bullying and cyberbullying throughout the year in school and at home.

Lesson Plans

Children's Literature

Hello, Universe

A disaster leads Kaori, Gen and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, bullying behavior is put in its place and friendship blooms.

Posted

When cell phones are banned at school, Frost and his friends come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. Soon all the kids are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well.

Rules

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life, which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability.

Each Kindness

Chloe doesn't really know why she turns away from the new girl, Maya, when Maya tries to befriend her and every time Maya asks if she can play with Chloe and the other girls, the answer is always no.

Wonder

August (Auggie) Pullmanwas born with a facial deformity that has prevented him from attending a mainstream school—until now.

Rosalind's Classroom Conversations

Resources for Educators, Parents and Family Members