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Bullying Prevention

Conflict resolution and bullying prevention are natural partners.  A comprehensive violence prevention plan should include both.  Schools that have a solid conflict resolution program in place are ideally positioned to engage in bullying prevention as a next step.  Conflict resolution teaches students how to solve problems when power is fairly equal and when both parties have some interest in resolving the conflict.  Bullying, on the other hand, occurs when one party has more power, that party has no interest in resolving the problem, and he is primarily interested in hurting the other.  In these circumstances, conflict resolution techniques are not likely to be effective, so other methods must be in place. (To learning more about bullying prevention, please visit our online learning module.)

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program training session at Arizona State UniversityA bullying prevention program should teach students how to distinguish normal peer conflict, which responds well to conflict resolution strategies, from bullying violence, which warrants a different set of strategies. Once students understand which type of conflict they are dealing with, they can decide which strategies to use.  There are several factors (for example, contextual factors and personality traits) that determine when some strategies are more appropriate than others.

Rethinking the deeper impacts that bullying has on our school culture is important for existing conflict resolution programs.  While many such programs have a long history of creating safe and caring youth cultures and providing students and staff with specific skills to confront injustice, the recent attention to bullying has expanded the importance of this work and has provided language and additional strategies for surfacing and handling this more serious form of conflict and violence.  Likewise, bullying prevention programs can benefit from the comprehensive experience that conflict resolution programs offer.

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Best practices in bullying prevention and intervention Pdf document outlining best practices for bullying prevention and intervention. Catalog Listing

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Sample newsletter article: bullying among children and youth Pdf document presenting a sample newsletter article on bullying. Catalog Listing

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Faith-community responses to bullying among children and youth Pdf document which outlines steps that faith communities can take to stop bullying. Catalog Listing

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Educational resources: articles, books, films about bullying and teasing Word document provides list of books, articles and films on bullying and teasing. Catalog Listing

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Exploring the nature and prevention of bullying: Significant identifying characteristics for victims Word document that lists 21 characteristics of victims of bullying. Catalog Listing

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HRSA stop bullying now resource kit One page list of materials on bullying for professionals and parents. Catalog Listing

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Intervention tips for law enforcement officers Pdf document examining the role of law enforcement in bullying. Catalog Listing

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Bullying in our schools: protecting GLBT youth Powerpoint presentation which discusses bullying in schools particularly involving gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered youth in schools. Catalog Listing

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How to intervene to stop bullying: tips for on-the-spot intervention at school Pdf document with instruction on dealing with bullying at school, how to intervene and follow-up procedures. Catalog Listing

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Working with young people who bully others: tips for mental health professionals Pdf document with tips for mental health workers who treat bullies. Catalog Listing

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Bullying prevention and intervention: TeamMates Mentoring Program Lincoln Public Schools 9-page PDF case study which, "looks at one program in Nebraska, Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) TeamMates, that has decided to address bullying at several schools through mentoring, using volunteers from the community to reach out to bullies and victims alike." Catalog Listing

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Misdirections in bullying prevention and intervention Pdf document which discusses mistakes made in dealing with bullies and suggestions for alternative strategies. Catalog Listing

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Bullying in out-of-school time programs: tips for youth-serving professionals and volunteers Pdf document that examines bullying in extracurricular activities with tips for professionals and volunteers. Catalog Listing

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Physical and verbal bullying Web-based interative scenario which explores bullying. Catalog Listing

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Assessment toolkit for bullying, harassment and peer relations at school 170-page pdf "designed for teachers, school administrators, and ministries of education... Developed in partnership with the Canadian Initiative for the Prevention of Bullying (National Crime Prevention Strategy), this free kit provides a standard way to measure the nature and prevalence of school peer relationship problems, standards for quality...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Preventing and countering school-based harassment: A resource guide for k-12 educators, rev. ed. 76-page PDF guide which "is the result of two conferences on racial harassment and numerous training-of-trainer administrator workshops conducted during the past eight years by the Equity Center (formerly the Center for National Origin, Race, and Sex Equity—CNORSE) where the intersection of the issues of racial and sexual harassment have been...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Digital Citizenship Poster for Middle and High School Classrooms A poster targeting middle school and high school age youth that provides a flow chart to help students decide if sharing something (a photo for instance) online is appropriate or not. A larger poster is available for order - info at www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/middlehigh_poster Catalog Listing

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Warning signs that a child is being bullied Pdf document illustrating behaviors that may alert parents of bullied children and steps they can take to correct the problem. Catalog Listing

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Documenting bullying at your school: tips for school administrators Pdf document which introduces the idea of assessing and tracking bullying behavior at school for administrators. Catalog Listing

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Why is Everybody Always Picking on Me?: A guide to handling bullies for young people This 10-chapter 131-page illustrated book, available as a pdf, is for youth ages 8-16. Lively color illustrations, exciting stories, and practical tips and role-playing exercises help give children the tools to avoid being victimized. Topics covered include: Cope with the "Schoolyard Bully"; Stop bullies by using the "School of No Sword"; Gain the...(see more) Catalog Listing

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