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As we head into the month of October, please consider adding lessons about Bullying and teach students ways to take a stand against bullying. First, educate your students on the difference between a mean student verses a bully.  A bully repeatedly does things that are mean.  Next, teach your students that they need to use their voice.  They need to say “No” to bullies and tell a trusted adult. Lastly, stopping bullying starts with them.  They have a choice to be kind and create trusting friendships.

Why should we teach our students about Bullying?


According to

  1. Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
  2. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
  3. 17% of American students report being bullied 2 to 3 times a month or more within a school semester.
  4. 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time.
  5. By age 14 less than 30% of boys and 40% of girls will talk to their peers about bullying.
  6. Over 67% of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.
  7. 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
  8. 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
  9. 1 in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
  10. As boys age they are less and less likely to feel sympathy for victims of bullying. In fact they are more likely to add to the problem than solve it.
  11. Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.

Simple Ideas

Blue is the color of Anti-Bullying Month.  Think of creative ways to incorporate this color into your classroom or school.  Maybe every Wednesday have your students wear blue?  What are your ideas?

Next week, I will give you some ideas to create an bully free schools/classrooms and resources that promote kindness.

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