5 Resources to End Bullying in Schools

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 in Classroom Behavior, Parents, School Behavior, Student Behavior, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Resources to End Bullying in Schools

Documentary Film

The documentary Bully (to be released March 30, 2012) is the latest attempt to get the public to start talking about this all to0 common problem in our schools. Listen to the interview with the director this morning on the Diane Rehm show on National Public Radio to get a good sense of what this new film has to offer. It’s a striking look at what we often turn a blind eye to in schools. It will not go away if ignored and the bullies will not grow out of their behavior. Stop believing this myth.

Unless

In the hit movie The Lorax, based on the Dr. Seuss book, the Lorax reminds us that:

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

And that is why we can all take action to teach our peers, students, and our own children how to be socially responsible and not ignore or reinforce bullying behavior by anyone. Here are three resources for you to share:

  1. The Bully Project website – yes it promotes the film, but this is a good place to start to get the ball rolling and a discussion flowing.
  2. A Thin Line (MTV) – yes, another commercial site, but with the clout of a culture maker for many many students. Starts the conversation about cyber-bullying.
  3. StopBullying.gov – a federally funded website with legitimate resources for parents and educators.
  4. Violence Prevention Resources – Effective, research-based interventions for violence prevention in our schools.
  5. Bully Prevention Manual – an evidence-based program (elementary and middle school, high school is being tested before release) for teaching the “Stop, Walk, Talk” method of bully prevention and teaching school-wide social responsibility.

We can end this cycle – beginning today.