I'm not an expert in bullying- so I would never do a whole day training on bullying. However,I am so concerned about bullying that I wanted to gather all the best ideas that I've found and put them in one place on my website. Here are some of the best sites I've found on the topic:
www.challengeday.org For a very minimal fee in my estimation, they will come out to your school and work with your students on how it feels to be bullied. You have witnessed their work on 60 minutes, CNN, and other news shows. Here is a short video on YouTube: click here
You can order an informational video from them for a small donation. Then share the video with your staff to see if it is something your staff feel would work for your school.
Check out this video created by students after attending a Challenge Day program click here
This resource was shared with me by the Girl Scouts of Lexington, Nebraska. "Cyberbullying: The New Online Crime"
http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/index.page This is the Olweus Bully Prevention Program. Their research shows at least a 50% reduction in bullying with this program.
http://pbis.org/school/bully_prevention.aspx The Stop, Walk, and Talk program through PBIS is a free downloadable booklet for elementary or secondary. It is also available in Spanish. It is research based.
PBIS Videos on Bullying- free downloads-
https://vimeo.com/groups/pbisvideos/videos/39714542- cool tools for elementary students to stop bullying
https://vimeo.com/groups/pbisvideos/videos/37197747- sticking up for Frank- elementary "Stop, Walk, and Talk to an Adult"
https://vimeo.com/groups/pbisvideos/videos/20959984- middle school bullying video
https://vimeo.com/groups/pbisvideos/videos/36351308- high school bullying video
Weatherford High School in Weatherford, Oklahoma wanted to focus on cyberbullying. They had these bracelets printed up for all of their students. The bracelets say "Delete" to remind the students not to write anything unkind or untrue about their classmates. The students even go to the middle and elementary schools to talk to younger students about cyber bullying. The staff at Weatherford say it is really making a difference and they are policing the Internet to make sure nothing negative is being put up and if it is- they immediately deal with it from the office. Way to go Weatherford.
These are not in any particular order-
Step Up Bully Prevention- Videos and Songs
Research shows that children observe and copy their older peers behavior.
So one of the best ways to influence children is to have the older ones accept and demonstrate the behavior you wish to promote.
Steve Couch’s PBIS and Bully Prevention materials use the upper grade level students to show the consequences and solutions to bullying to your children. The examples below are for Elementary Schools using 4th and 5th grade students as performers.
Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America.
Powerful video/audio footage of Rachel’s life and the Columbine tragedy holds students spell-bound during a one hour school presentation that motivates them to positive change in the way they treat others.
As a culture, we are focusing new attention on bullying. According to world-wide research, both mean peer behavior and the harm it causes can be reduced. There is little need to describe the impact of mean actions by peers. Youth who mistreat others frequently are more likely to become aggressive adults and to have criminal records in adulthood. Mistreated young people may grow up with diminished self-confidence and a sense of isolation and helplessness. Youth who witness mean behavior repeatedly are also affected.
The philosophy of the Bully Free® Program is based on child development research; social psychology; research regarding school climate and development of a peaceful, safe, and meaningful community; effective teaching; learning principles; behavior and classroom management; and current thinking regarding effective anti-bullying programs.
The program was created using various resources and ideas to help drive out the “bully spirit” from school classrooms with acts and words of kindness. When we stand together for what is right, we have the power to win.