October brings us National Bullying Prevention Month. This is an important topic for teachers to discuss with their classes to make sure everyone understands how to recognize bullying and how to prevent it from happening.
We found some great websites that are full of resources for teachers of children of all ages.
StompOutBullying.org — this site has toolkits for children as well as for educators to raise awareness and encourage participation
StopBullying.gov — this site has fantastic amounts of information about bullying, cyberbullying, and prevention, as well as numerous resources for parents, educators, community members, teens, and younger children
Youth.gov — a handy site for new initiatives, this site outlines ideas from PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, the National Education Association, National PTA, and American Federation for Teachers
We've got books on the topic, too, if you'd prefer to use them with your students.
Benny Shark Goes to Friend School by Lynn Rowe Reed shows that once a bully learns how to become a true friend to others, the bully is no longer a bully, but a friend.
The Berenstain Bears Stand Up to Bullying by Mike Berenstain offers a fresh look at a troubling topic with familiar characters like Brother and Sister Bear.
Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf by Jeanie Franz Ransom turns the traditional tale upside down and shows the story from the bullied wolf's perspective.
Eddie the Bully by Henry Cole depicts a chicken who loves being mean until a new student arrives and shows him that it can feel good to be nice.
I Am Enough by Grace Byers shows that by loving yourself first, you can then respect others and treat them with kindness.
I Walk With Vanessa by Kerascoët shares the story of a girl who witnesses bullying but doesn't know what to do about it, something we can all relate to.
We hope you can find worthwhile resources to use with your students throughout the month to help stop little bullies from becoming big bullies.
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