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Bullying Prevention: It’s Not Just a Month

Morning Announcement

Today’s topic is “Bullying Prevention: It’s Not Just a Month.” National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month was created to raise awareness and provide options to respond to bullying. Bullying isn’t something that can be resolved in a month, however. Students and adults need to work on it throughout the school year to be effective.

For many years bullying was thought to be a normal part of childhood and that targets just needed to toughen up and deal with it. We now know that bullying has long-term negative effects. Students who are bullied often have a loss of self-esteem, endure physical symptoms such as stomachaches and headaches, begin to miss school, suffer slipping grades, and become depressed. Students who bully are more likely to have a criminal record as an adult. Witnesses report feeling less safe at school and they fear that the bullying might happen to them.

Bullying affects everyone. Together, through a united effort, everyone can affect how bullying is addressed in school.

Classroom Education and Activities

Review bullying awareness activities and decide if the class wants to participate in one or several.

Know your rights, learn about your state’s legislation about bullying.

Discussion Questions:

(To make sure all students participate, you may want to break the class into groups of 5 to 8 students. Appoint one student in each group to take notes and report results to the class. Consider using that feedback for future bullying prevention projects.)

Video and Discussion

Watch “Bullies and Bystanders” Video. Visit PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org > You’reNotAlone

Discussion questions:

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