Bullying comes in many different forms, including physical bullying, verbal bullying, and the increasingly common cyberbullying. As the subject continues to pop up in news headlines, it’s obvious that what was historically viewed as “a childhood rite of passage to build character” has charted course into dangerous waters, often with devastating effects. In recognition of this growing problem, we’re turning our focus to anti-bullying education in support of National Bullying Prevention Month.
The FREE National Bullying Prevention Month Toolkit from EducationCity includes an age-appropriate poster, Fact Sheets, and ThinkIts specifically created to educate your pre-K through 6th grade students. Help stop the cycle of bullying for the next generation by using these resources to begin a dialogue with your youngest learners about what bullying is, how to prevent it, and how to respond if it does happen.
You and your students can also join the movement this October by checking out the different events and activities on PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center website. The organization originally founded its campaign in 2006 as a one-week event occurring at the start of October. Since 2010, however, the event has expanded to be an entire month of outreach and awareness activities to help unite communities nationwide in the effort to prevent bullying.
If you think back to your early years in school, you can probably attest to at least one instance where you witnessed or were the subject of bullying. For many people, those are painful memories! Invest in ways to build a safe and supportive classroom community at your school, and remember: the end of bullying begins with you!
Want to learn more? Visit StopBullying.gov or STOMPOutBullying.org for resources on bullying prevention and ways that you can get involved. And, don’t forget to download Edmentum’s FREE EducationCity National Bullying Prevention Month Toolkit to help raise awareness for this important issue in your classroom!