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Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School
Each October, individuals and organizations nationwide work together to raise awareness of bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month, an initiative of the PACER Center. Whether you are an educator, education leader, parent, or other community member, you can take action to prevent bullying and harassment by fostering a culture of caring and respect in your school, home, and community. Use the resources below to support your efforts. In addition, consider participating in Edutopia's community to share your own insights and resources about bullying prevention. Resources for Educators Take a look at the infographic "Bullying: What You Need to Know," courtesy of, a U.S. government website, for information about some of the statistics behind bullying and impacts on children. The resources from address detection, preventive strategies, and effective responses. Bullying Prevention Curriculum Student Voice and Leadership Back to Top Resources for Parents

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What Neuroscience Reveals About Bullying by Educators We would never let a teacher or coach physically strike or sexually molest our child. Why then do we allow teachers and coaches to bully our children? There are three major reasons why this occurs: Sexual and physical abuse can be documented on the body and are in the criminal code. The law takes them seriously, therefore so do parents. In contrast, emotional abuse is not in the criminal code, so it can still be confused with "motivation" -- especially in the education system.

Effective Cyberbullying Prevention Strategies Cyberbullying is the modern form of bullying, where in-your-face taunts and threats are now done over the web. How can this bad behavior be prevented? A thoughtful article from two experts provides some helpful answers. Before we discuss the article, however, let’s examine cyberbullying for a moment. Often hard to escape and widespread in its impact, cyberbullying is one of the most mentally damaging problems that students face today. Reducing bullying and cyber bullying This fall, there are new and revamped laws in many states that address K-12 bullying and cyber bullying. In Massachusetts, we have one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching laws in the country. As in many states, K-12 teachers in Massachusetts have new responsibilities to respond to, report, and address bullying and cyber bullying. Here at the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), we’ve developed 10 tips to help faculty cope with what can seem an overwhelming task.

8 Tips for Schools Interested in Restorative Justice Restorative justice is an effective alternative to punitive responses to wrongdoing. Inspired by indigenous traditions, it brings together persons harmed with persons responsible for harm in a safe and respectful space, promoting dialogue, accountability, and a stronger sense of community. Restorative justice is a philosophical framework that can be applied in a variety of contexts -- the justice system, schools, families, communities, and others. In schools, we see that overreliance on punitive strategies like suspension or expulsion isn't working. Confronting My Cyberbully, 13 Years Later (Joe Mabel/Wikimedia) When I was 13, I had a falling-out with my best friend, after which she tortured me over the Internet for the next three years. We were so close that she knew the answer to my security question, so it didn’t matter if I changed my password.

How to Cultivate a Bully-Free Community Fifth grade student Malcolm Lyon is especially tall for his age and well-spoken. When asked what he loved most about his school, Malcolm answered simply, “No bullying.” This might be surprising given the struggle with bullying that schools face nationwide. What can schools do about bullying? Team leaders: Jonathon Magrath and Sophie Goldrick, year 10 students at Koonung Secondary College, are helping to trial the Peaceful Schools Program there. Photo: Joe Armao It started, as is so often does with girls, with a whispering campaign.

Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age The “marshmallow test” invented by Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel and colleagues in the 1960s is famously known as a measure of willpower. The experiment gave preschoolers the option of either eating one mini-marshmallow right away or waiting 15 minutes to get two mini-marshmallows. Decades later, those who were better at delaying gratification, and resisted immediately snarfing the treat, ended up with stronger SAT scores, higher educational achievement and greater self-esteem and capacity to cope with stress in adulthood. Now other psychology researchers have come up with a test that challenges the willpower of schoolkids to resist the brain-candy of today’s digital distractions — the YouTube videos, Instagram and mobile gaming apps like Angry Birds.

5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action With daily news reports about the devastating impact on students who have been relentlessly bullied, teachers find themselves on the front line in addressing bullying and intolerance. It is time to move into action. Not In Our School offers solutions-based strategies and tools for change to a network of schools that are working to create safe, inclusive and accepting climates. The core ideas and actions of Not In Our School include: Identification of Problems of Intolerance and Bullying

Classroom Management - It's Not About Control Last week I blogged about “Entrance and Exits” and how to manage them for a smooth transition. This week my focus is on what happens in-between the coming and going. You have many roles as a librarian—information specialist, instructional partner, teacher, and program administrator, but the one you will be judged on is teacher. Managing the library environment, as I noted, is challenging and many have difficulty with it. The topic is rarely covered in library school and what works in the classroom doesn’t translate easily to the library.

Gratitude Can Fuel School Transformation One of the most common complaints I hear from teachers, administrators, and staff working in public schools is something along the lines of, "I don't feel appreciated." I'd like to propose that by simply incorporating a range of practices that allow ourselves and others to express gratitude, we might transform our schools. We'd certainly retain more effective educators, build stronger relational trust, and develop a culture that focuses on the positive -- in all adults and all children.

SAMHSA’s KnowBullying Prevention App Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying. The time you spend will help boost your children’s confidence and build effective strategies for facing bullying—whether children are being bullied, engaging in bullying, or witnessing bullying. Take a few minutes and “check in,” by asking about school, their friends, and any challenges they face. Strategies to Stop Cyberbullying Just like the saying, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” what happens on the internet stays on the internet. Help your students avoid being haunted throughout their lives by indiscretions or misbehavior that they exposed to the world at the start of their lives. Teach: Cyberbullying Hurts Bullies Too

Video Playlist: Building Relationships With Students In these videos, you’ll find tips to help build authentic relationships with your students and define your classroom culture. 1. Creating a “Comfortable” Classroom Environment: Middle school can be a sensitive age where students may start feeling anxious about belonging in their communities.