Bullying and Ostracism Resource Collection

Bullying—repeated aggressive behavior with an intent to hurt another person physically, socially, or mentally—is characterized by an imbalance of power between an instigator and a victim. It may occur in schools, online, and many other settings, and may involve physical aggression, social exclusion, derogatory comments, spreading rumors, or racial or sexual stereotyping. Facing History and Ourselves provides a wealth of resources to help students and teachers explore the moral choices we face when confronted with bullying. To create safe schools, we need to think critically about the dynamics and impact of bullying in schools and communities, explore how young people and adults can stand up to this behavior, and learn how to prevent it.

Study Guide and Online Resource

For Schools and Districts: Safe and Engaging Schools

Bullying and Ostracism Case Study

Explore Facing History's unique resource "Bullying: a Case Study in Ostracism."

This resource explores issues of bullying and ostracism through the lens of  one middle school incident, exploring the point of view of the students themselves as well as the insights of experts and educators.  It provides a structure for rich discussions on bullying and ostracism, regardless of whether the audience is comprised of teachers, students, administrators, parents, or a combination of groups. 

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A Thin Line, MTV's campaign against sexting, cyberbullying, digital dating

Where is the line between digital use and digital abuse? This website offers thought-provoking questions and examples to help people recognize and take action against online abuses.


Bullying.org's purpose is to prevent bullying in our society through education and awareness. The organization' provides educational programs and resources to individuals, families, educational institutions and organizations. The website includes links to many anti-bullying resources.

Classroom Resources to Counter Cyberbullying

MNet is a Canadian non-profit organization that has been pioneering the development of media literacy and digital literacy programs since 1996. Their tools for teachers help young adults understand how the media work, and their cyberbullying resources include lesson plans and a parents’ guide. All of the content is available in English and French.

GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The website includes research as well as programs for educators and students.

It Gets Better Project

Many LGBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can't imagine a future for themselves. This website provides a way for gay adults to show young people what their lives are like and what the future may hold in store for them.

Not in Our School | Not in Our Town

Not In Our School (NIOS) is a peer-to-peer learning program that uses film and storytelling to encourage safety and inclusion. The site hosts video clips and has links to lesson plans from around the country. It is part of the Not In Our Town movement.

Partners Against Hate

A high percentage of both the victims of hate violence and the perpetrators are under 18 years old. This site offers guidance for anyone wanting to combat this terrible trend. There are sections for students, parents, teachers and law enforcement.

PFLAG: Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays

PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

Responding to Cyberbullying

ADL provides anti-bias education and diversity training programs that help create and sustain inclusive home, school, community and work environments. Their cyberbullying resources include lesson plans and ways for students, teachers, and parents to respond.

The Safe Schools Coalition

A public-private partnership to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth; helps schools become safe places by providing resources, raising awareness, offering skill based training, and disseminating information