Facing History's Bullying Resources
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.
A Guide to the Film BULLY: Fostering Empathy and Action in Schools: Designed to help audiences confront the stories in the BULLY, the guide has been revised to support both the full-length documentary and the new, shorter version for younger audiences.
Information about BULLY, including how to get the DVD and educational toolkit, and information about the Bully Project social action campaign.
Topic Area: Bullying and Ostracism: 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.
The Bully Project: The Bully Project highlights solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change. Starting with the film’s STOP BULLYING. SPEAK UP! call to action, The Bully Project will catalyze audience awareness to action with a series of tools and programs supported by regional and national partners.
On Bullying: Resources and Questions for Writing or Discussion: From the New York Times, a curated collection of many pieces that have appeared in or have been referenced by the Times regarding bullying and school violence.
Bully Free: It Starts With Me: The National Education Association’s webpage dedicated to its anti-bullying initiative, “Bully Free: It Starts With Me” and various links to bullying prevention techniques and resources.
The Bully Project Partners
The Bully Project has partnered with key organizations to address the needs of different student groups.
Students with Special Needs
Research shows that children with learning disabilities and other special needs are at a much higher risk – 60% of children with special needs are seriously bullied, as compared to 25% of children not so identified. That is why The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) has partnered with Ability Path, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Autism Speaks and formed a Special Needs Taskforce to raise awareness about how bullying affects children with special needs. The Taskforce has created a specially designed Toolkit for parents, students and educators dealing with issues of bullying and children with special needs which can be found at Bully Free World on the Bully Project website. The toolkit includes resources like:
- The top 10 things to know about bullying and special needs
- Conversation starters for parents, students and educators
- Letter templates alerting the appropriate parties about bullying
- Resources for teaching tolerance in schools
Many training programs provide educators with tools to intervene in bullying situations, but bullying often occurs outside the classroom, beyond teachers’ reach. One such place is on the school bus. In fact, bus drivers are 36% more likely to hear reports of bullying from students and parents than other education support professionals. Kids report they are bullied on the bus and school bus drivers report a need for training. For tips for school bus safety, go to http://www.nea.org/home/NEABullyFreeSchools.html.
Youth who are – or are perceived to be – lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) face higher rates of bullying, with nearly nine out of ten LGBT youth reporting that they experienced discrimination or harassment in the 2009 school year. Ending bullying based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity requires a unique approach, since students’ communities, families, or even school staff might reinforce the homophobia and transphobia they experience from their peers. For example, starting a Gay-Straight Alliance club is a great first step in addressing anti-LGBT bullying, as the simple existence of the GSA club can make students feel safer and more supported even if they don’t attend meetings.
For more information please visit these following websites below.
If a student needs urgent help or support, please visit 121 Help Me or call 1.855.201.2121. 121 Help Me offers immediate phone access to trained counselors with lots of experience listening to young people. 121 Help Me is a program of the North American Alliance of Child Helplines (NAACH). The goal of the program is to create universal crisis portals for children and youth, both on the phone and online, as mechanisms to reach qualified, professional crisis counselors 24/7. Members include Boys Town National Hotline, California Coalition for Youth, Childhelp, Covenant House NineLine, Kids Help Phone, Stop It Now, and Second Floor Youth Hotline.