How do we create safe schools?

Administrators and school officials also face a tremendous challenge as they try to create safe spaces within their schools. The first video below features a school administrator addressing a bullying incident after the fact. The second video features various voices discussing the impact that Facing History and Ourselves can have to expand leadership skills, empathy, and moral insight. 


How do we create safe classrooms?

Addressing the topic of bullying goes beyond simply identifying the act of bullying. Educators face a great challenge as they try to balance the demands of teaching with the urgency of keeping all students in their classrooms safe. Bullying is an obstacle to classroom safety, and teachers need to be equipped to address this issue. What are some of the best ways to create a safe space for students in a classroom? What are some of the implications of neglecting to keep students in classrooms safe from acts of bullying? And what can we, as educators, do to address this issue?

How do we define bullying?

When does a simple disagreement between students turn into an act of bullying? How do we recognize this shift? What can we do when this happens? These are just some of the questions that educators have about tackling the subject of bullying in a classroom environment.

Student-Built Mobile Holocaust Museum Hits Road in Mexico

In 2013 seven Prepa Ibero high school students and their teachers took “Moments and Decisions,” their traveling exhibit that explores the Holocaust from global and local perspectives, to Bachilleres 03 Oacalco, a public high school in the Mexican town of Oacalco, Morelos.

The Bully Project

The film is just the beginning. The filmmakers have launched a social action campaign called The Bully Project, designed to highlight solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change.

Excerpts from the Film BULLY

Like the phenomenon of bullying itself, BULLY is direct and hard-hitting. Careful preparation is vital. The necessity of adults previewing the full film before using it with young people cannot be overemphasized.

Below is a preview of some of the issues and questions this film can raise for audiences. Each question is followed by clips from the BULLY documentary and also clips on related topics from Facing History and Ourselves' work.

The Guide

The film BULLY follows five stories of children and families who are affected deeply by bullying within the course of a school year. With intimate glimpses into homes, classrooms, cafeterias, and principals' offices, the film offers insight into the lives of bullied, ridiculed children.

About the Film

This year, more than 13 million American kids will be bullied, making it the most common form of violence young people in the United States experience. Directed by filmmaker Lee Hirsch, BULLY is a character-driven documentary—at its heart are those with the most at stake and whose stories each represent a different facet of this bullying crisis.

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