Teaching Students to Prevent Bullying
Curriculum Resources Address Identifying, Confronting and Stopping Bullying
Student bullying is one of the most frequently reported discipline problems at school: 21% of elementary schools, 43% of middle schools, and 22% of high schools reported problems with bullying in 2005-06. Bullying is the number one discipline problem in middle schools. These lesson, activities, and games will help you and your students understand this serious problem.
*Statistical data from Youth Violence Program
- Lesson Plan for Elementary School Children
Students in grades 2-6 learn what they can do when they see bullying or are bullied.
- A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups
Students in grades 3-5 respond to a story by writing and telling about a time they had a similar experience as one of the characters in A Bad Case of Stripes.
- No Place for Bullies
Students in grades 3-12 reflect on bullying in their schools and community and suggest solutions to the problem.
- April Fools!
Students in grades 6-8 reflect on their reactions to practical jokes and compare good jokes with bullying and harassment.
- A High-Interest Novel Helps Struggling Readers Confront Bullying in Schools
Students in grades 9-12 read The Bully by Paul Langan, a realistic, high-interest novel, and discuss bullying and consider what they can do to prevent bullying.
- ‘A Troubling Trend’: Discussing Bullying and Antigay Attitudes
Students in grades 6-12 discuss recent suicides that have occurred as a result of antigay bullying and complete a campaign to foster safety and acceptance in their own school.
Students in grades K-5 will find information on bullying and cyberbullying, a series of webisodes on bullying and games. The site includes resources for adults as well.
- Get Ready for Bullying Awareness Week!
Students in grades K-12 promote school-wide awareness of bullying issues by creating anti-bullying posters.
- Conflict Resolution: Activity Ideas
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.
- Beat the Bully
You’ve challenged the biggest bullies in school to a rocket race after school, but to beat them you’ll need more than speed.
- School Daze Crazy Maze
Get through a day of middle school.
- Rumor Control
Which are you: gossip monger or rumor controller?
- McGruff Games
McGruff offers games on bullies, cyberbullies, and Internet safety.
- Bullying Quizzes
Take one or take all 3 quizzes on bullying and cyberbullying.
- Bullying Quiz: How Informed Are You?
This site provides a 15 question quiz with answers and additional facts.
- A Bullying Quiz
Use the quiz with students in grades 6-12 to prompt the development of an anti-bullying initiative.
- Preventing Bullying Within a PBS Framework
Describes Positive Behavior Support (PBS). PBS avoids the use of the term "bully," removes social reinforcements for bullying, and focuses on teaching being respectful to all students in school.
- Articles about Bullies
Archived articles about bullying and cyberbullying, including commentary, published in The New York Times.
- Youth Violence Project - What is Bullying?
- Kids against Bullying
A website for teens.
- School Violence
Provides lessons on school violence.
- Resources on Bullying and Cyberbullying
An archive of lessons and resources.
- Bullying - National Crime Prevention Council
Information and guidance for parents.
- Cyberbullying – National Crime Prevention Council
Information and guidance for parents.
- Cyber Police – Cyber Bullying
Includes a crossword and quiz. An archived resource.
- Bullying Guide (
PDF,1.5 MB, 6 PP)
PBS teacher guide for In the Mix, a TV show about teens made by teens.
- Stop Bullying...Take A Stand!
Bullying and cyberbullying and what to do if you are a victim.
- Bully Prevention (
PDF, 1.65 MB, 52 PP)
Educator instructions for using the Positive Behavior Support system. (PBS)
- Cruel Schools
Information, lessons, and resources on bullying.
- Olweus Bullying Prevention Program from Hazelden & Clemson University
Bullying resources from a leading bullying researcher.
- Bullies: Bully-Free Zones
How to start an anti-bullying program. Includes a list of fiction and non-fiction about bullies.
- Anti Bullying Network: Resources
Audio, databases, publications, and recommended websites.
- Hazelden - An Overview of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
- The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in Action 2 Parts
For Educators and Parents
- Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do by Dan Olweus (Wiley-Blackwell, 1993)
- The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to HighSchool--How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle (Updated Edition) by Barbara Coloroso (Harper-Collins, 2008)
- Bullyproof Your Child For Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting, and Bullying for Good by Joel Haber and Jenna Glatzer (Penguin Group, 2007)
- Why Good Kids Act Cruel: The Hidden Truth about the Pre-Teen Years by Carl E. Pickhardt (Sourcebooks, Inc., 2010)
- Real Life Bully Prevention for Real Kids: 50 Ways to Help Elementary and Middle School Students by Catherine DePino and Lori Evans (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2009)
- No Kidding About Bullying: 125 Ready-to-Use Activities to Help Kids Manage Anger, Resolve Conflicts, Build Empathy, and Get Along by Naomi Drew (Free Spirit Publishing, Inc., 2011)
- Sorry! by Trudy Ludwig and Maurie J. Manning (Tricycle Press, 2006)
- My Secret Bully by Tracy Ludwig and Abigail Marble (Riverwood Press, 2004)
- The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill and Laura Huliska-Beith (Scholastic Press, 2002)
- Cliques, Phonies, & Other Baloney by Trevor Romain (Free Spirit Publishing, 1998)
- Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig and Adam Gustavson (Tricycle Press, 2006)
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- NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me
Resources to prevent bullying for educators and parents
Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying
- Pay attention.
- Don’t ignore it
- When you see something – do something.
- Remain calm.
- Deal with students individually.