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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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Flirting or hurting?: Teacher guide, grade 6-9 9-page PDF teacher's guide which accompanies 3 filmed programs on sexual harrassment, "two of the modules target students, and one targets teachers. Throughout the student programs, the host, an older sister character, provides definitions, explanations and insights based on her own experiences ... the two 15-minute classroom programs include...(see more) 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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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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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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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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Measuring Bullying Victimization, Perpetration, and Bystander Experiences: A Compendium This compendium (128-page pdf) provides researchers, prevention specialists, and health educators with tools to measure a range of bullying experiences: bully perpetration, bully victimization, bully-victim experiences, and bystander experiences. The compendium represents a starting point from which researchers can consider a set of...(see more) Catalog Listing

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Bullying in cyberspace Word document examining bullying in cyberspace. 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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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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Research-based articles and books on bullying/peer victimization Pdf document listing articles and books on bullying and peer victimization. Catalog Listing

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Cyber bullying Word document examining bullying in cyberspace, with advice to parents and young people from Aman Batheja. 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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Steps to address bullying at your school: tips for school administrators Pdf document with advice to school administrators on addressing bullying at school. Catalog Listing

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International network on school bullying and violence: March 2007 overview Powerpoint presentation overview of the work of the International Network on School Bullying and Violence whose aim is to, "stimulate and support more effective measures against school bullying and violence." Catalog Listing

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Tips for selecting materials from the resource list Pdf document providing tips for choosing materials on bullying. Catalog Listing

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SACSC Elementary unit and lesson plans Web site developed by the Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada whose mission "is to encourage home, school and community practices that teach, model and reinforce socially responsible and respectful behaviors, so that living and learning can take place in a safe, caring and inclusive environment....(see more) 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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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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Olweus intervention suggestions Powerpoint presentation providing guidelines for combating bullying in schools, from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Group. Catalog Listing

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Five Critical Steps for Reducing Peer Aggression: Early Childhood Practitioner Training Program STEPS for Early Childhood Practitioners is a comprehensive training program using The Ophelia Project's Five Critical Steps framework. Through this training, Early Childhood practitioners learn to observe aggression in the classroom and develop skills to carefully and consciously change the social climate of preschools and childcare centers. The...(see more) Catalog Listing

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