Facts about Bullying
- Bullying is NOT a fact of life. It is a life changing event.
- Bullying is a form of abuse, harassment and violence.
- Bullying is a learned behavior.
- 86% of children between the ages of 12 and 15 said that they get teased or bullied at school.
Creating a Culture of Kindness & Caring
- Teach the difference between tattling and telling.
- Teach kindness and caring. Make kindness and caring parts of your everyday vocabulary.
- Invite kids to make choices.
- Promote random acts of kindness.
- Teach empathy and compassion.
- Be kind.
- Be consistent with rules and consequences.
- Talk about values/ethical principles.
- Use teachable moments – relate everything to kindness and caring.
- Role model positive, respectful, and caring behavior. Watch own reactions and words.
- Promote persity.
- Make sure we (adults) are warm, caring and having a positive influence with the children. Give compliments. Be grateful.
Documents / Resources
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- A Primer on Bullying
- Book Resources
- Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Bullying and the Child with Special Needs
- Face Bullying with Confidence: 8 Skills Kids Can Use Right Away
- Summary of Identified Issues at the Anti-Bullying Mini Conference
- Various News Articles Regarding Bullying
- “Bully Bill” – Texas Legislature’s Definition of Bullying
- Processing “Outcries” of Bullying
- Love and Logic Resources (for educators, for parents)