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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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Research-based books and articles on bullying and peer victimization Pdf document presents list of books and articles on bullying and peer victimization. Catalog Listing

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Social and Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention 21-page briefing paper prepared for the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the Social and Emotional Learning Research Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "Schools using a social and emotional learning (SEL) framework...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Roles for health and safety professionals in bullying prevention and intervention Pdf document discussing bullying with tips on what health and safety professionals can do to stop the behavior. Catalog Listing

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What should I do if I'm bullied Pdf document with advice to children who are bullied. 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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Bullying prevention On-line learning module which teaches the user to "State definitions and types of bullying, list the short and long-term effects of bullying, describe places where bullying happens, state examples of effective and appropriate bullying interventions, describe the roles of parents, siblings and others in preventing bullying, recognize the...(see more) 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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GIRC Annotated Bibliography of Conflict Resolution Resources An annotated bibliography from the Global Issues Resource Center on conflict resolution resources covering the topics of bullying prevention, classroom management, and trauma & violence prevention. Includes books, curricula, videotapes, simulations and games. 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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What we know about bullying Pdf document with information on bullying. Catalog Listing

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2010-2011 Playworks Playbook Playworks is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. The Playbook, a 390-page pdf, provides full descriptions of games and activities appropriate for K-5 school children. They are organized in the following categories:...(see more) Catalog Listing

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State laws related to bullying among children and youth Pdf document presenting information on state laws that deal with bullying. Catalog Listing

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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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Providing support to children who are bullied: tips for school personnel and other adults Pdf document with advice on bullying prevention geared toward school personnel and other adults. Catalog Listing

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Exploring the nature and prevention of bullying: bullying quiz One page true/false quiz on bullying. Catalog Listing

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STOP: On-the-spot bullying intervention Word document presenting actions and statements for on-the-spot intervention of bullying behavior. Catalog Listing

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Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Support A 52-page handbook focusing on giving elementary students the tools to reduce bullying behavior through the blending of school-wide positive behavior support, explicit instruction, and a redefinition of the bullying construct. 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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Being an ally Pdf document for students outlining steps and sample phrases to help diffuse bullying incidents. Catalog Listing

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Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Support for Middle Schools This 45-page handbook focuses on school-wide positive behavior support, explicit instruction, and a redefinition of the bullying construct in a middle school. Catalog Listing

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