By Teachers, For Teachers
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. This is a time were schools and organizations around the nation unite to help raise awareness and educate students and communities about anti bullying programs. Here is a complied list of resources from around the web that highlight the fight against bullying.
Friend Movement Walk
I can't think of a better way to raise awareness about anti bullying programs than to walk 921 miles to celebrate all the victims that are being or have been bullied. On October 5, two co-founders of the Friend Movement, Elliot London and Ronnie Kroell, embarked on a very long, 37-day journey that started in Chicago in memory of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student who jumped to his death after being cyberbullied. Their journey will end November 10 with a candlelight ceremony in New York City. The main premise of their mission is 921 miles, 921 lives, 921 ribbons to celebrate friendship and the life of Tyler Clementi and all victims of bullying. If you would like to help raise awareness and learn about anti bullying programs you can contribute at Indiegogo.
Fighting the Bully Battle
Approximately 160,000 students stay home from school each day due to some type of bullying. Schools across the nation are doing their best to adopt a "zero-tolerance" policy that will help eliminate all bullying in schools. Here you will learn 5 ways that schools can battle bullying.
Engaging, Educating and Empowering Students
Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center encourages schools and organizations to get involved and sign on as a champion against bullying. Once you are signed up, you will have access to all Pacer's bullying prevention resources. To include your school or organization and become a champion fill out this form.
The Awkward Years Project
The Awkward Years Project is a fun way to show children that are being bullied today, that life does indeed get better. The project started on Instagram as a way to highlight the awkward years and raise awareness to kids that are currently struggling. To help these kids feel better about themselves, the Awkward Years Project encourages people to post portraits of themselves holding a picture from their "awkward years." To view photos or submit your own, visit #AwarkardYearsProject
Working Together to Stop Bullying
Throughout the month of October the Stomp Out Bullying campaign observes National Bullying Prevention Month by encouraging schools to participate in a variety of activities to stop bullying and increase awareness of the impact that bullying has on children. Here you will discover weekly activities to help you stand up and stomp out bullying throughout the month of October.
Resources to Prevent Bullying
The National Educational Association has designed a bully prevention kit that includes the best research and resources on bullying prevention. You will learn how to identify a bully, how to intervene, how to be an advocate, and much more. To take the pledge and stand up for bullied students you can fill out this form.
Please Stop Laughing at Me
Get an inside look from an in-depth interview form anti-bullying activist Jodee Blanco, author of the New York Times Bestseller, “Please Stop Laughing At Me” and the sequel “Please Stop Laughing At Us: One Survivor’s Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullying.” Learn how teachers should deal with bullies, and the steps they should take to help a bullied student.
The Importance of Monitoring Web Use
USA Today's Nancy Hellmich discusses the importance of monitoring children's web use and the seriousness of keeping a close eye on their cellphone use. This discussion comes after yet another cyberbullying attack last month, when a 12-year-old girl jumped to her death from a cement factory tower. This article discusses the need to take cyberbullying more seriously and offers a few guidelines for parents and kids to follow when using media.
Do you have any favorite bully prevention resources that you feel are helpful to teachers? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who draws on her 15 years of professional experience in the education system. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Guide to Elementary Education for About.com, where she provides educational information and lesson plans for teachers across the United States.