RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
For many years, bullying was seen as a necessary evil -- an unpleasant, but unavoidable, rite of childhood. Ignore it, we thought, and eventually it will go away. The problem hasn't gone away, though, and educators can no longer afford to ignore it. Included: Education World offers ten activities for teaching kids about empathy, anger management, and effective conflict resolution. Lessons include: Kids Bullying Kids, Coloring a Peaceful World, The Average Kid, Planet X, Reacting to Conflict, The Anger Suit, Bullying and Diversity Lesson: What's Your Name?, The Talking Stick, Bullying Reality Quiz
PBS Learning Media - Students in grades 2-5 can use these activities to practice skills in resolving conflicts with bullies and help them think critically about logical resolutions. Teasing is Tough - Get children to talk about how it feels to be teased. Work together to create coping strategies, in this activity from Arthur. Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Identification, Prevention, and Response. A guide to help educators/parents/guardians spot cyberbullying be respectful and show kindness to everyone during this transitional time. This fact sheet also addresses how to respond appropriately. FBI-SOS is a free, fun, and informative program that promotes cyber citizenship by educating students in third to eighth grades on the essentials of online security. Students will learn skills to keep them cyber safe in a game format. There is a game for each grade level promoting safe surfing online especially while students have more time online at home. (English and Spanish)
This site creates public service campaigns to communicate positive values. “Locker” - In this motivational commercial a boy is accosted by bullies at school, but pleasantly surprised when he is helped by another student. This models a positive example of reaching out to someone else in need. “Cafeteria” – Girls are sometimes more verbally aggressive and this commercial shows how a new student is mistreated, just because she is new. On a positive note, she is rescued by a student doing the right thing by making a choice to treat her with respect.
In this Dinosaur Train episode, the Pteranodon kids and Tank Triceratops play games at Big Pond, where they discuss the purpose of Tank's frill, and outsmart a bully. They learn that Tank's frill is a defense mechanism which makes the Triceratops look threatening to potential predators. (Stream Only)Helping Drew
In this episode of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up, pre-K and kindergarten students at Teaneck‘s Bryant Elementary School get an early anti-bullying lesson from a teacher-produced puppet show called "Helping Drew". Elementary school educator, Alex Ishkanian, combines his passion for the performing arts and his education background to create engaging, dramatic programs for elementary-school-aged students. (Stream, Download and Share)
inspirED born out of a partnership between Facebook and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence—is an online community designed by educators, teens, and experts in social and emotional learning (SEL) to help high school students and educators work together to create the best possible learning communities.Kids Against Bullying Site
(PACER'S National Center for Bully Prevention) This site has many creative resources to educate elementary students about bullying. It includes an animated cast of characters, information, celebrity videos, Webisodes, interactive games, animation, contests, and other activities.National Bullying Prevention Center
Pacer - Classroom Toolkits - There are activities for younger students, as well as middle and high school. Also, a student created toolkit is listed with videos, music and artwork designed by students for other students to use. This is a great way to create a dialogue with your class. They can be the solution and a superhero as they work together to stop bullying.NEA - Teaching Students to Prevent Bullying
National Education Association – A wide array of lessons, activities, and games to help bring awareness and solutions to the serious problem of bullying.
The NED Program school-wide character education program centers around a 45 minute assembly called The NED Show. NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. Teachers love that NED is simple, relatable and kid-focused.
All NetSmartz lesson plans can be tailored to meet multiple Common Core and ISTE ... NetSmartzKids.org while learning about the four rules of Internet safety and netiquette. Being kind online begins with kind words and support. Learning that what is sent online affects others in both good and bad ways. Be careful what you write.
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop.
PACER's Site 4 Teens
(PACER'S National Center for Bully Prevention) This site for middle and high school students includes interactive sections on defining bullying, feelings about bullying, how to respond to bullying and scenarios/ testimonials from students who have been bullied. Search the website by clicking on the headings across the top of page, “Identify”, “Respond”, “Listen” etc., to access useful and up-to-date information about how to approach and prevent bullying.
During these challenging times, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is committed to being a valuable online resource. We are excited to share these free digital resources that you can use to continue engaging your child or student in social and emotional learning.
The Stopbullying.gov site has content for both kids and adults: Twelve animated webisodes (1-2 min) on how kids deal with bullies at their school (with discussion questions); bullying games; facts about bullying for kids; videos on how to deal with bullying; and what kids can do if they see bullying.
6-90 minute sessions for 9-12 graders. In many of today’s schools, bullying and violence are prevalent. After completing this lesson, students will have a more in-depth understanding of these problems. Using a realistic, high-interest novel (The Bully by Paul Langan) and interactive reading strategies, students discuss many issues that surround bullying and consider what they themselves can do to prevent bullying.
Elementary Lesson Plan: Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Pacer is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch world. In The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, a perennial fall favorite children’s story, Spookley helps you understand that the things that make you different are what make you special.
ADDITIONAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES
- Anti-Bullying Activities and Lesson Plans - Education World - School violence is an issue in the news and on the minds of educators and administrators alike. Education World offers a list of resources to help stop bullying. Included are lesson plan boosters for teaching anti-bullying as well as numerous other resources.
- Counselors & Media Specialists Bullying Book Discussion Guide - (Random House Inc) Includes Connections to Common Core State Standards @ RHTeachersLibrarians.com. School Counselor, Laura Barbour has taught and counseled children from preschool through high school and presently works as an elementary professional school counselor at Stafford Primary School in West Linn, Oregon.
- Digital Awareness for Parents – StopBullying.gov - The digital world is constantly evolving with new social media platforms, apps, and devices, and children and teens are often the first to use them. Some negative things that may occur include cyberbullying, sexting, posting hateful messages or content, and participating in negative group conversations.
- Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum - This FREE, pioneering curriculum is designed to empower students to think critically and make informed choices about how they create, communicate, and treat others in our ever-evolving, 24/7 digital world. (commonsensemedia)
- FREE RESOURCE: Operation Respect - Operation Respect is a non-profit organization working to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can flourish. Founded by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the organization disseminates educational resources that are designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict up on each other by behaviors such as ridicule, bullying and-in extreme cases-violence.
- Online Bullying - Tips - NetSmartz - 19% of teens report having been bullied either in person, online, by text, or by phone. Half of bullied teens say they were bullied in multiple ways. Resources to help deal with cyberbullying – such as “Cyberbullying Unplugged”.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND VIRTUAL LEARNING
- ABC'S of Cyber Bullying
- Best Empathy Games, Apps, and Websites for Kids
- Best for Character Development; Our Recommendations for Families
- Common Sense Education: While students are working from home we need to be diligent about online etiquette and cyberbullying issues. There are so many links for lessons, activities, games, etc. about kindness on Common Sense Media. A list of just a few are included, if you are interested in more just click on the link above and search for additional resources.
- Coronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation and Cyberbullying: How to Support Our Students – Cyberbullying Research Center - The coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm and disrupted so many aspects of our lives. Here are three important considerations… (Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W.)
- Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line
- Cyberbullying and Digital Drama
- Games That Support Kindness and Compassion
- Introduce students to “DIGITAL PASSPORT™
- Screen Out the Mean
- Top Games That Teach Empathy
- We All Teach SEL: Compassion Activities and Tools for Students
- We All Teach SEL: Empathy Activities and Tools for Students