How can teachers help end bullying?

Holly Willis Former Social Media Marketing Assistant at Edutopia
Hi everyone -

I just came across this great question on Twitter and wanted to share it with our community. It comes from Divya, a new teacher, who is struggling to help address the bullying at her school and in her classroom:

"Def just cried in front of my students. Middle school students can be so mean to each other. How can educators effectively end the bullying?"

Do you have any tips or strategies for Divya? I'll be sharing your responses with her via Twitter.

Thanks!

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Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Some answers from Twitter

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I threw the question out to Edutopia's Twitter community and here's a couple of answers we got:

Jaafar: Get students creatively involved in the process (e.g. make a video like this one: http://youtu.be/0qfo9QvY8DQ)

PS101Q: Our school used the book, "How Full is Your Bucket" to address the concerns of bullying. Students then 'filled the buckets' of others.

Christopher M: Get parents involved! When we forget that they are our allies we begin doing a disservice.

Christopher W: Collaboration with the counselor is key.

Edutopia also created a very popular roundup of some of the best bullying prevention resources on the Web: http://www.edutopia.org/bullying-resources. There's a great five minute film festival on Edutopia.org as well that provides 11 short YouTube videos that provide some good entry points for class discussion.

Lastly, make sure to check out the film, Bully. You can get an educator's toolkit along with the DVD here: https://bully.nationbuilder.com/preorder.

Hope this helps!
Elana

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Great story

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Hi Robert - That's a great story. I am wondering if you'd be interested in posting this to our Social and Emotional Learning blog.

http://www.edutopia.org/blogs/beat/social-emotional-learning

thanks in advance!

Secondary Education student in Chicago

As so many educators know,

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As so many educators know, children usually have an easier time following positive instructions (do...) than negative ones (don't do...). What about reframing "How do we stop the bullying?" to "How do we teach children to treat each other with kindness and respect?" As with other learning goals, we could use instruction, stories, demonstrations, reflections, etc. If you're looking for classroom or schoolwide programs to implement, the Center for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning just released an updated guide: http://casel.org/guide/

Smyrna Academy of Excellence

@ Robert...It is voices of experience

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It is voices of experience like yours that help get the message to resound and help those being bullied see a light of hope!

Physics and Astronomy Teacher, Lancaster Catholic High School

Aevidum - "I got your back"

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Look at starting a local chapter of Aevidum. Aevidum is a student organization that addresses bullying, depression, and suicide for the entire student body. It began in PA and is spreading across the state and into other states. The teacher that was fundamental in starting it is on sabbatical next year to go promote it to other schools.

http://aevidum.com/

The Only Way to Fight Fire is With Fire

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Bullies are COWARDS at heart. They pick on only those that they feel are weak and will not defend themselves.
Bullies will NOT respond - stop their bullying - based on words either positive or negative. Words or talk is just like water off a duck's back to them.
The only thing that will stop the bullying is for the bullied person to FIGHT back PHYSICALLY. I am 63 years old now but when I was in 7th grade I FOUGHT BACK - after months of being bullied. The bully turned out to be a a real wuss and was begging for mercy in seconds.
Classic example is at: http://youtu.be/dxBAy3901kc
YES, I am advocating VIOLENCE against the bully because that is the ONLY thing that stops them!!! That is ALL that they UNDERSTAND.
BLOCK CAPS do not mean shouting; they are there for emphasis.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Such a great point.

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Gloria,

You raise such a great point. I recently visited a school in Maine that used restorative justice and responsive classroom techniques (Big SEL strategies) and it was amazing to hear that the word wasn't mentioned at all. It wasn't a problem, let alone something people were talking about preventing since they've pro-actively already addressed it.

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As so many educators know, children usually have an easier time following positive instructions (do...) than negative ones (don't do...). What about reframing "How do we stop the bullying?" to "How do we teach children to treat each other with kindness and respect?" As with other learning goals, we could use instruction, stories, demonstrations, reflections, etc. If you're looking for classroom or schoolwide programs to implement, the Center for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning just released an updated guide: http://casel.org/guide/

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Adding a blog to Edutopia

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Hi Robert - I will post your comment to the blog template. Thanks!

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

No worries

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You're not confused -- there's no way to post blogs without being an admin. :)

Project manager, Conscious Dimensions LLC.

I am new to Edutopia, so this

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I am new to Edutopia, so this is my 1st attempt at reaching out. Bullying? We are working on games that teach self awareness. Working to develop both on line games and printed materials. The games are aimed at young adults, starting at age 12 years and beyond. I am 50 and continue to learn as we create each product.
Seems that self awareness programs are not introduced early enough. Like Myers Briggs and DISC, this training starts well after we are out of college. Why?
Maybe if a bully could learn early on what is causing the anger and the acting out, perhaps one child (and their teachers and parents) could be saved the anguish that it causes.
And what of the other children watching the bullying? Could they learn as well, to help, know that they can help and not be scared.
I would love if you could take a look at our info and let me know what you think. Again, new to this site, but passionate about self awareness.
-Cathy

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