MCC Joins STOMP Out Bullying™ and Pacer for International Bullying Prevention Awareness Month – October 2015
BLUE SHIRT DAY® WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION
Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention is observed on the first Monday of every October. In 2015 it will take place on October 5th!
Someone you know could be bullied. Someone you know might be a bully.
These celebrities have joined STOMP Out Bullying and are making a statement against bullying by wearing a BLUE SHIRT in solidarity to make 10•5•15 the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world!
Share these Celebrity Videos with your Children and Youth Ministry and Congregations.
If you’ve ever been isolated from others or you were new and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.
Make friends with someone who you don’t know. Invite them to sit with you or join you in an activity. You probably wish someone had done that for you.
Be a leader. Take action and don’t let anyone be in isolation.
When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.
If you don’t feel safe, get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution — not the problem!
Make it ORANGE and make it end! Unite against bullying!
What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together—in schools, communities, and online—and send one large ORANGEmessage of support, hope, and unity.
Children and Youth Ministries can participate by
The more awareness that is created during the month of October — and all year round is one step closer to putting an end to bullying!
Add your name to the digital “The End of Bullying Begins With Me” petition
Activities for Youth – These free activities and resources are designed for younger students. The goal is to start conversation and creatively engage students to build their understanding of how to prevent bullying.
Classroom Toolkits – Creative resources for elementary, middle, and high school age classrooms to talk about bullying. Toolkits include planning an event, creating a visual statement, introducing bullying prevention conversation, and lesson plans.
Community Toolkits – Innovative ideas for individuals to reach out to their communities to raise awareness on bullying prevention—including holding a rally, organizing a run, or creating an advocacy program
Student Created Toolkits – Transformative activities—including videos, music, and artwork—designed by students for other students to use in the classroom or in the community to engage dialogue between students.
Cyberbullying – Cyberbullying happens when kids bully each other through electronic technology. Find out why cyberbullying is different from traditional bullying, what you can do to prevent it, and how you can report it when it happens.
The Horse That Looked Different
By Stacy Einfalt
Suggested Audiences: Ages 3-6
The Brown family instantly fell in love with and welcomed Starlit, a spotted Appaloosa horse, to their farm. The family’s three chestnut Quarter horses, Max, Milo, and Monty, weren’t as easily willing to accept him because he looked different from them. Until one day when the four horses go on a wild adventure and get lost. They soon begin to realize Starlit’s unique qualities aren’t so bad after all.
Stick and Stone
Written by Beth Ferry, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Suggested Audiences: Ages 4-8
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair become fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor? The warm, rhyming text that includes a subtle anti- bullying message even the youngest reader will understand. The New York Times best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld imbues Stick and Stone with energy, emotion, and personality to spare. In this funny story about kindness and friendship, Stick and Stone join George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie as some of the greatest friend duos in children’s literature.
Access the online activity kit to explore the power of friendship with Stick and Stone.
Words by Junior and Zusk
Pictures by Sophia Brody
Suggested Audiences: Age 3 and beyond
Wahe (pronounced like HA) is the story of an adventurous little girl in the big city, who learns a small choice can make a big difference.
A portion of book sales and related products are donated to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
By Joe Troiano and illustrated by Susan Banta
Holiday Hill Farms
Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten – 4th Grade
Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch world. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, available as both a book and movie, delivers a message of tolerance and kindness in a fun, accessible format that is easily grasped by young students. By making these advanced concepts easily understood by early learners, teachers can help stop bullying before it begins.
This online toolkit includes resources educators can use to effectively present The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as a multi-subject learning opportunity. The core elements of the online toolkit involve a reading of the book supplemented by downloadable lesson plans and other activities that teach bullying prevention and character values.
Access the online toolkit “Stop Bullying Before It Starts”
Lead With Your Heart
Written and illustrated by Jena Ball
Suggested Audiences: Grades 1-6 and beyond
$1 from every book sold will be donated to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
The heartwarming story of a misunderstood pit bull and a very shy little girl named Reny. Together, with the help of friends, family, and a goofy pack of mixed breed dogs, they confront and overcome the challenges of being misjudged and bullied.
The adventure begins when Lance is adopted by Reny’s family and must learn to be an “inside dog.” He and the quiet little girl become buddies when Lance tries to help Reny overcome her anxiety about school where she is being teased and bullied. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Lance has problems of his own. Big, black and tough-looking, Lance often frightens people who don’t know him. He is thrust into the limelight of a bigger problem when Mrs. Krutch, a grown-up who bullies, introduces a way to ban pit bulls from the town.
It takes a petition signing campaign, an appearance at city hall by everyone involved, and an act of courage by Reny to defeat the proposed law. In the end, it is Reny’s ability to lead with her heart and speak her truth that overcomes Mrs. Krutch’s fear and reminds everyone not to judge a book by its cover.
For information about Jena Ball, ordering books, author visits, and how to introduce Project Based Learning (PBL) initiatives at your school, visit the author’s site at: www.critterkin.com
Reviews and praise for Lead With Your Heart and “Be Kind” projects visit: Critterkin/Books.
The Grumpy Bull
Written and illustrated by Adrienne Kummerl
Suggested Audiences: Kindergarten to 4th grade
A grumpy bull walks into a village seeing animals of different color, shapes, and sizes. The bull can’t believe his eyes and points, laughs and criticizes. A lion approaches the bull and begins to explain without strife about differences as he teaches the bull an important lesson in life.
View the artwork of Grumpy Bull at http://www.adrienne-noel.com/RetailSite.asp.
The Good, the Bad, and the Bullies
Written by Levi Fallavollita
Illustrated by Gabe Villa
Suggested Audiences: 2nd to 4th grade
Young author Levi Fallavollita and his friend Gabe Villa collaborated to tell their story about bullying in the hopes that their book will raise awareness about bullying and help other students who are struggling. Now in middle school, Levi and Gabe know what it’s like to be bullied, and this simple, powerful story will touch students and adults alike.
Written and Illustrated by Daniel Keane
Suggested Audiences: 1st to 8th grade
July 2014 marks the release of the first issue of “Bullied Comic.” This is a story about Joshua who, while just trying to get through school like everyone else, encounters a bullying problem. This story is told from the children’s point of view. It is a story of friendship, betrayal, parenting, and acceptance. Author Daniel Keane believes that “art has the ability to make the world a better place and unite people all over the world. Watch for future issues of the soon-to-be series!
Confessions of A Former Bully
By Trudy Ludwig
Suggested Audience: Middle School
Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of someone who bullies?Katie never thought of herself as a bully. So what if she excludes kids from games or says some harsh things to her friends every once and a while? It’s not like she ever hits anyone. What’s the big deal? After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she faces consequences for her actions. The consequences help Katie realize that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual perspective of the aggressor, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tips and tools they can use to help identify and overcome emotional bullying. An informative Author’s Note to Parents & Teachers and recommended resources are included.
The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder
By Charles and Elsheba Johnson and Illustrated by Charles Johnson
Suggested Audiences: 5th – 9th grade
Emery Jones is a genius – he even built a robot butler to do his chores. Despite his brains, however, Emery’s life isn’t easy. The other students don’t understand him, and that makes them lash out at him. When Emery accidentally sends one of the students who bullied him 190 million years back in time, he must figure out how to save him…or even if he wants to.
Told from the perspective of Emery’s best friend, Gabby, The Adventures of Emery Jones is sure to thrill and delight students. Combining an engaging story with real, tough lessons about responsibility and forgiveness, this book is an excellent way to open up discussions with students.
By R.J. Palacio
Suggested Audiences: 5th – 7th grade
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder by R.J. Palacio begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness”—indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Sign the pledge to “Be Kind”
By Jerry Craft with Jaylen Craft and Aren Craft
Suggested Audiences: 5th – 7th grade
Five middle school students as different from each other as they could be have to band together when a freak accident gives them superpowers…with a twist. Instead of super strength or the ability to fly, these students end up taking on the characteristics of the students they used to bully. When the school is in trouble, will they be able to learn from their past mistakes in time to save the school?
Creative, funny, and engaging – this book presents a unique look at the dynamics of bullying. With a diverse cast of characters, the book illustrates that bullying affects everyone – and that the students bullying can change their behavior and make their school a more positive place.
I Am Jack
By Susanne Gervay and Illustrated by Cathy Wilcox
Suggested Audiences: 5th – 7th grade
Jack is an upbeat, happy 11-year old until a bullying situation at school leads to fear, isolation, and shame. Jack tries to handle the situation himself, but it just keeps getting worse. Eventually his friends decide that enough is enough and the adults step in with a plan to help.
Told in Jack’s voice, this book is full of humor and heart. It shows the power of friendship, family, and community to prevent and address bullying. Jack is a unique and engaging narrator that readers can’t help but root for. Parents and teachers will gain insight into students’ perspectives on bullying by sharing and discussing this book with students – and students will relate to Jack’s struggles and triumphs.
The Survival Guide to Bullying
Written by Aija Mayrock
Suggested Audiences: Middle and High School Students
The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of having. From inspiring “roems” (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future. This updated edition also features new, never-before-seen content including a chapter about how to talk to parents, an epilogue, and an exclusive Q&A with the author.
Want to learn more? Visit these sites:
By Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., and Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D.
Suggested Audiences: 9th – 12th grade
Vicious words and damaging photos exchanged through texts, email, or social media can result in humiliation, broken friendships, punishment at school, and even legal prosecution. In some cases, online harassment has contributed to suicide.
Written by experts in cyberbullying prevention, Words Wound provides strategies for teens dealing with cyberbullying as well as for those who have taken part in bullying others. The book gives teens the tools they need to keep themselves safe online, protect their digital reputations, and make their schools and their communities kinder places. Includes true stories by teens who have been cyberbullied and are working to eliminate online bullying in their schools.
By Heather Slee
Suggested Audiences: 9th – 12th grade
After a horribly embarrassing incident at school was photographed for the world to see, Abby just wants to get her life back to the way it was. With the help of mysterious magic stones, Abby gets the chance to redo parts of her life. This seems like the perfect solution to her problems…but Abby soon learns that all choices have consequences, and soon hers will catch up to her.
Suspenseful, engaging, and heartwarming, Abby’s story offers great lessons on resiliency, empathy, and empowerment. Abby discovers that she never needed the magic stones to take control of her own life. Teens will relate to Abby’s anguished experience with bullying and rejoice with her when she discovers the power she has to affect change.
The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Traditionally held the first week in October, the event was expanded to include activities, education, and awareness building for the entire month.
The following resources provide additional information on bullying, electronic aggression, youth violence prevention, and safe schools.
Boston Public Schools Cyber Safety Campaign (All the resources on this website were developed entirely by students in the Boston Public Schools)
IKeepSafe (Faux Paw the web surfing cat)
Seattle MS Cyberbullying Curriculum
Cyberbullying Research Center
Bullying at School and Online
NetSmartz: NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations.
Educational Development Center– Cyberbullying – Here you will find important information and tips for keeping children safe online, including how to teach digital citizenship—responsible and appropriate use of online media. Six interactive scenarios on this site will take you through different situations involving cyberbullying and digital citizenship, allowing you to hear real-life conversations between parents and youth, choose the paths they should take, and find the best outcomes.
• American School Counselor Association
• American Federation of Teachers (AFT) See a Bully, Stop a Bully,Make a Difference Campaign
• Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
• Council on Chief State School Officers
• National Association of Elementary School Principals
• National Association of School Psychologists
• National Association of Secondary School Principals
• National Association of Student Councils- Raising Student Voice and Participation Bullying Challenge (RSVP) Process
• National Center for School Engagement
• National Education Association- Bully-Free: It Starts with Me Campaign
• National Parents and Teachers Association- Bullying: Connect for Respect
• National School Boards Association– Families as Partners: Fostering Family Engagement for Healthy and Successful Students
• At-Risk for High School Educators: Identify and Refer Students in Mental Distress
“The 411 Bullying” Report from the Hamilton Fish Institute
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Free Webinars
Blueprints Program Guidelines for cost-effective programs that meet the highest scientific standard of evidence for promoting youth behavior, education, emotional well-being, health, and positive relationships.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs (NREPP)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention United States Department of Justice
Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Expert Panel United States Department of Education
Safe and Sound An Educational Leader’s Guide to Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Bullying Programs , Curricula, Organizations
• Bullying Prevention and Intervention Tips for Schools (PDF)
• Ways to Address Bias and Bullying (PDF)
• Misdirections in Bullying Prevention and Intervention
• Channing Bete
• Bullying and Violence Prevention Resources
• PATHS® (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) Program
• Character Education Partnership
• Bullying Resources
Cable in the Classroom: A wide variety of cable TV programs, websites, and interactive multimedia is helping to spark imaginations, inspire creativity, and engage learners. And it’s all free, courtesy of the cable industry!
Cable in the Classroom Digital Citizenship: Digital Citizenship is a holistic and positive approach to helping children learn how to be safe and secure, as well as smart and effective participants in a digital world.
Cartoon Network- Stop Bullying: Speak Up Campaign
Early Childhood Bullying Prevention Bullying behaviors emerge in early childhood. All of us who interact with young children can take steps to teach them the skills they need to avoid bullying altogether. See a download guidance “Eyes on Bullying in Early Childhood”
Educational Development Center- Cyberbullying – Here you will find important information and tips for keeping children safe online, including how to teach digital citizenship—responsible and appropriate use of online media. Six interactive scenarios on this site will take you through different situations involving cyberbullying and digital citizenship, allowing you to hear real-life conversations between parents and youth, choose the paths they should take, and find the best outcomes.
Make Time to Listen-Take Time to Talk – Encourages parents and caregivers to spend at least 15 minutes a day listening and talking with their children to prevent youth violence. Provides interactive questions to start conversations with children about bullying and bullying prevention.
From Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center. Parents can be role MODELS for your children . Here is a guide for what we can all do to help keep our children “violence-free.” How you can Deal with Aggressive Behaviors. How to problem solve teasing that leads to intimidation, an example.
Thoughts from Parents.com What to do if your pre-school child is being bullied.
• Factsheet for Understanding Bullying
• Youth Research and Bullying- What the research says
• Uniform Defintions for Public Health
• Measuring Bullying Victimization
• Electronic Aggression Factsheet
• Bullying and Sexual Violence
• Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide
• Bullying and Tourette’s Syndrome
• Youth Violence
• Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
• Bullying Resources
• Committee for Children
• Second Step: Social and Emotional Skills for Early Learning
• Second Step: Social and Emotional Skills for Kindergarten – Grade 5
• Second Step: Middle School
• Steps to Respect: A Bullying Prevention Program
• Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Program
Community Matters: Programs and services organized around a whole-school framework to improve school climate and reduce bullying related incidents.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
• Anti-bullying Resources
• Ready, Set, Respect! – GLSEN’s Elementary School Toolkit
Kids Health: Educators Site Let’s Get Real: Young people tell their stories in their own words–and the results are heartbreaking, shocking, inspiring and poignant.
National School Climate Center – is an organization that helps schools integrate crucial social and emotional learning with academic instruction. In doing so, we enhance student performance, prevent drop outs, reduce physical violence, bullying, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults.
• Class Meetings That Matter K-5
• Class Meetings That Matter 6-8
• Class Meetings That Matter 9-12
• Cyberbullying Curriculum Grades 3-5
• Cyberbullying Curriculum Grades 6-12
• The Peaceful School Bus Program
Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center Programs and services to address bullying from Dr. Elizabeth Englander are at this site.
Teaching Tolerance Thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.
Understanding the Roles of School Administrators in Community-Wide Bullying Prevention Efforts (pdf) The National Center of Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) offers bullying prevention training toolkits filled with research-based, user friendly materials trainers can use for events and workshops. Each Training Toolkit includes a step-by-step facilitator’s guide, a customizable power point presentation, handouts, and feedback form. (see 3 toolkits School Buses, Classrooms and Dating Violence)
• Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment on Our Nation’s School Buses
• Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment in Our Nation’s Classrooms
• Get Smart, Get Help, Get Safe- Preventing, Assessing, and Intervening in Teenage Dating Abuse – A Training for Specialized Instructional Support Personnel
Electronic Aggression Brief Center for Disease Control
Bullying Fact Sheet Center for Disease Control
• Find Youth Info
• Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
• SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
• Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide
|International STAND UP to Bullying Day is a special semi-annual event in which participants sign and wear a pink “pledge shirt” to take a visible, public stance against bullying. The event takes place in schools, workplaces, and organizations in 25 countries across the globe on the third Friday of November to coincide with Anti-bullying week, and then again on the last Friday of February.
International Bullying Prevention Association
The mission of the International Bullying Prevention Association is to support and enhance quality research based bullying prevention principles and best practices in order to achieve a safe school climate, healthy work environment, good citizenship and civic responsibility.
It has taken more than three decades of academic study of bullying behaviors, public revelations and attention to the true consequences for those who bully and those who are bullied and world-wide media coverage of incidents of unspeakable cruelty, suicide, and homicide, to bring educators, students, law enforcement, health care workers, and parents together in a global effort to do something about it. Bullying hurts and for those involved, the hurt can last a lifetime. As a world, we are learning that bullying behavior can be the root of serious violent situations in our schools. Many countries have adopted policies and procedures for Safe Schools.
Project Anti-Bully is a non-profit 501(c)(3) run by students for students that raises awareness of the prevalence of bullying in schools globally through community-based research. Project Anti-Bully has headquarters in the United States of America and affiliates in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Colombia, El Salvador, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Taiwan, The Philippines, and Uruguay.
Pink might seem like an odd color when trying to get people to take a stand against bullying. The color is completely based on a stand that was taken in the fall at Central Kings High School, in Cambridge, Nova Scotia. A freshmen student was making his first appearance in a new high school. The boy showed up in the morning wearing a pink polo shirt. Some school bullies verbally abused him for his choice of color. They used some vulgar words, and made him feel very upset. Two senior students heard about the bullying taking place, and decided to take a stand against it. http://www.standupday.com/08/
Anti-Bullying Week 2013 is calling on children and young people to take the lead on creating a future without bullying – using new technologies. http://www.bullying.co.uk/
Together we can stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. http://www.anti-
Anti-Bullying Campaign (ABC) South Africa
The aim of the ABC is to oppose the culture and practice of bullying within the CRC/Children’s Movement – and to lay the basis for a culture of tolerance and peace, and a commitment to using peaceful methods to resolve conflict.
ABC committees have been established in most of the communities and schools where the CRC/Children’s Movement operates. The formation of the ABC has given rise to the establishment of a Girl Child Organisation as part of the children’s movement. http://www.childrensmovement.
Anti Bully & Abuse Foundation
The ABA Foundation will stand as a national body where people can turn to and feel safe, a structure where children and parent experience a tangible, physical system protecting our children, and working towards a safe school environment. http://abafoundation.
Rob Frenette, 20 and Katie Neu, 18 the Founders of BullyingCanada.ca, a Youth-Created Anti-Bullying Website are very pleased to announce the official launch of a national toll-free line for youth, parents, and the general public up to date information related to bullying.
As some areas of the country return to normalcy, schools start the year tackling bullying problems
A program to reduce bullying within Chile’s schools has shown positive results since its introduction in 2005. The Paz Educa Program aims to produce and promote observation-based research in order to prevent school violence in Chile.
In the US – October – Bully Prevention Month
This month, groups across the country committed to stop bullying will release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at bringing awareness to this important issue facing our youth.Bullying Prevention Month is not new. In fact, it has been around for several years. What started as an awareness week initiated byPACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in October 2006, the event has evolved into a month’s worth of events and activities to raise awareness and provide the latest resources to those who need it. National partners in 2006 included the National Education Association, National PTA, American Federation for Teachers, and National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education. PACER recognized that students, parents, and people throughout the country needed to become more aware of the serious consequences of bullying. The point of National Bullying Prevention Month was to transform a society that accepts bullying into a society that recognizes that bullying must – and can – be addressed through education and support. Read more at StopBullying.govPacerJoin the movement!The End of Bullying Begins with Me: that’s the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action. PACER created the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement. Get your toolkit and more. Print the Digital Petition Flyers and display them at your school or organization. Elementary Petition Flyer Middle / High School Petition Flyer
How It Got Started
National Bullying Prevention Month was started in 2006 by the PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to raise awareness about this important issue and what people can do about it. Communities, schools and individuals are encouraged to participate in understanding this problem and getting involved in outreach efforts and educating people. Businesses and organizations like Facebook, Yahoo!Kids and CNN have gotten involved to get the word out. PACER was inspired to create the month as a way of showing people that bullying isn’t just a “rite of passage” for every kid, for some it can lead to terrible emotional, psychological and physical pain that no one should endure.
“Make it Orange and Make it End,” is the Unity Day slogan. This year Unity Day is on October 10th, people are encouraged to wear the color orange on this day to show their solidarity with the bullying prevention cause, even Ellen DeGeneres got involved last year by wearing an orange anti-bullying shirt on her show! You can also hand out “unity” ribbons and buttons at your school or write “unity” on your binders to create awareness.
What Can I Do?
If you want to get involved with National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month you should let your parents, school and classmates know. There are lots of activities available via the Bullying Prevention Center, as well as group activities and discussions that you could easily organize in your class and among friends. Here are a few ideas for supporting the cause:
Read more: Bullying Prevention Awareness Month http://www.kidzworld.com/article/27443-bullying-prevention-awareness-month#ixzz2cdlhVjXu National Child Traumatic Stress Network In support of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources for families, teens, educators, clinicians, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel on how to recognize, deal with, and prevent bullying. Read more.
Featured NCTSN Resources
Teaching Tolerance When nearly one in five students is bullied each year, it’s no wonder the topic is on educators’ minds. Teachers want to make their classrooms safe, supportive learning environments. Administrators want positive school climates. Both are looking for tools to reach these goals. To meet their needs, Teaching Tolerance offers an abundance of professional development tools, classroom activities, magazine articles and blogs dedicated to the topic. When you have an immediate question, though, finding what you’re looking for among such extensive resources can be daunting.
NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me
The NEA Bullying Prevention Kit
Designed by educators for educators, this kit reflects the best available research on bullying prevention. To access different subject areas, click on the colored tabs. Download here
ESP RESOURCES AND TOOLS
For Principals and Teachers
Enough is enough! Stand4Change and help put an end to bullying.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month in the US, the NYTimes has updated their full list of resources on bullying and cyberbullying for the occasion.
Use the links below to find resources on bullying and cyberbullying:
STOP The Drama… END The Hate… STOMP Out Bullying
A National Anti-Bullying And Cyber Bullying Organization For Kids And Teens
STOMP Out BullyingTM Student Participation Toolkit
Act Against Bullying And Cyberbullying Now