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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 Plans


    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?
  • The Bully Roundup
    Play an interactive board game to test your bully smarts.
  • Bully Busters
    Draw a bully and hero and free the children from the lockers..
  • McGruff Games
    McGruff offers games on bullies, cyberbullies, and Internet safety.


Background Resources

Audio & Video


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)


For Kids

  • 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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Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying

  1. Pay attention.
  2. Don’t ignore it
  3. When you see something — do something.
  4. Remain calm.
  5. Deal with students individually.

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