Student safety is the number one priority of all schools. One safety issue that gains a lot of attention is bullying among students. Bullying is a serious safety concern that must be addressed. Therefore, all schools in the United States are required to implement bullying prevention policies.
To help combat bullying, teachers must address and implement anti-bullying educational ideas into their daily classroom interactions with students. It is our intent that the 20 ideas provided in this article will assist educators as they do their best to eliminate bullying among their students.
1. Bullying Lesson Using Apples
This is a terrific bullying prevention lesson for elementary school students that uses apples to focus on how the effects of bullying can cause irreparable damage. Talking to children about bullying is crucial. Students will receive a visual that shows the damage that takes place internally through unkind words.
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2. Bullying Fact Sheet
As a parent, your child's safety is your number one priority. Therefore, it is crucial that you take an active role and recognize the warning signs of bullying. This bullying fact sheet is an excellent tool that will help you understand your child's behavior and determine if it is normal or concerning.
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3. Chain of Consequences: Writing to Prevent Bullying
To promote positive behaviors, use school activities such as this classroom activity. Hold a discussion about various words that express feelings. Students will then write about a bullying incident in which they were called names. Next, create a classroom display labeled “Name Calling Leads to a Chain of Consequences."
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4. How Do You Want to be Remembered?
End classroom bullying by creating an anti-bullying campaign in your classroom. This lesson plan is great for middle school students and includes videos and songs that are terrific for creating positive behavior among students.
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5. Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School
This book serves as an activity guide filled with engaging activities and provides character-building lessons that focus on building respect and preventing bullying. Use sharing, discussion, role-playing, and more to instill conflict resolution skills and create a positive climate.
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6. Anti-Bullying Read Alouds
These terrific read-aloud books about bullying are a great asset for teachers and perfect for dealing with the sensitive subject of bullying. Use these books to enhance your bullying prevention curriculum.
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7. Give Me a Hand!
Advocate against bullying and challenge students to stand up to it with this anti-bullying display. Students will use the yellow hands to write down things they did to prevent bullying. They will tape the yellow hand onto the large green hand to exemplify giving a high-five to prevent bullying! This is a great activity for elementary students.
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8. Bully Box
Promote a positive climate by adding a Bully Box on the school grounds. Students are encouraged to anonymously put a note in the Bully Box to explain a bully situation they have witnessed or experienced. The guidance counselor will receive the messages for intervention. If someone is a victim of bullying, this provides a safe sharing place.
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9. Stick it to Bullies
For this anti-bullying lesson, teach students about tolerance. Then, have them create their own bumper stickers that contain anti-bullying slogans. Create a display of these slogans to remind everyone to stand up against bullying in schools.
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10. Compliment Game
This is a wonderful activity to foster a positive school climate. Take a picture of each of your students and have your students give every student a compliment and write it down. Remind your students of the importance of complimenting others.
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11. Bullying Prevention Game - Salad Bowl Charades
Use this fun and inexpensive charades-type game to help students learn how to prevent bullying. Begin the game with the bullying basics handout that teaches key terms related to bullying prevention. Also, explain the difference between tattling and reporting. Your students are now ready to play the game!
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12. Stop Bullying: It Starts at Home
This is a terrific resource for parents, and it equips them with the tools needed to stop bullying children while they are still very young. This resource explains the definition of bullying, the types of bullying, warning signs, and ways to stop it.
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13. How To Stop Bullying Behavior In Preschool Kids
Younger children are increasingly exhibiting bullying-type behaviors. The tips provided in this educational resource will provide parents of kids with needed information to begin working with their preschool-aged child about bullying so this does not become a problem for you or your child.
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14. How to Recognize and Prevent Bullying In Your Classroom
Bullying prevention ideas include educating teachers on how to recognize bullying behaviors in the classrooms. Bullying can be stopped before it has a chance to escalate and create permanent damage. This resource helps teachers understand, recognize, and prevent bullying in their classrooms.
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15. Crumpled Paper Exercise
Create a positive classroom climate with this crumpled paper activity. This anti-bullying activity makes a huge impact with a simple sheet of crumpled paper. It demonstrates the devastating impact that cruel words and actions have on others. It helps students understand the consequences of bullying.
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16. Project Connect
Create an anti-bullying environment by encouraging each of your students to share bullying prevention ideas. They will write these ideas on strips of orange construction paper, and everyone will link them together into a chain. This will serve as a collection of bullying prevention ideas for the school or classroom.
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17. Anti-Bullying Poster Campaign
This activity is perfect for creating an anti-bullying school environment. Have students create campaign slogan posters that focus on bullying prevention. After creating the posters, allow the students to hang them throughout the school. These posters will serve as school flyers and be noticed by others and will have a large impact.
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18. Bullyproofing Lessons
This bulletproofing lesson is perfect for third-grade students. Students will learn about the different roles involved in a bullying situation - bully, target, and bystander. They will also learn about standing up and helping others as well as many positive ways to deal with a bully if you are the one being targeted.
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19. The Juice Box Bully
As a part of your classroom bullying prevention measures, you should read aloud the book The Juice Box Bully. Your students will love this story as they learn about standing up to bullies. They will also create a cute anti-bullying craft after reading the book.
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20. How Post It Notes Can Change School Climate
Using post-it notes for positive character activities can have positive effects against bullying. Although these notes are small, they can be used in powerful ways that make huge impacts on creating a positive climate.
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