For the past month, we here at the Whole Child Blog have been looking at bullying. A school and community that do not address bullying cannot ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Listen to the Whole Child Podcast with guests Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education; Penny Bisignano, Olweus coordinator for the state of Iowa; and Rachel Cole Lawson, high school guidance counselor at the Whole Child Award–winning Malcolm Price Laboratory School.
Learn about the roots of bullying with guest blogger Adam Fletcher, student voice expert and author of Frameworks for Meaningful Student Involvement, and how effective bullying prevention and intervention requires direct action.
Hear from a 7th grader who plans to make his school a community of respect by addressing bullying with his peers.
Think about the importance of valuing social and emotional intelligence, collaborative problem solving, celebrating differences, and recognizing alternatives to violence and find resources to assist schools with instituting positive climates and teaching peace education.
Read how one Canadian school changed its culture, eventually bringing fighting and bullying to an end in the October issue of ASCD's Educational Leadership magazine.
Find ways to proactively develop a positive school climate from Whole Child Partners the Developmental Studies Center, Character Education Partnership, National School Climate Center, and American School Counselor Association.
- ASCD author Bob Sullo's article, "Getting at the Roots of Bullying" in the Virginia Journal of Education;
- Research on links between body image and bullying and why bullies bully from LiveScience;
- A Washington school district's plan of action to address bullying, reported in the SnoVally Star;
- For parents, a tip sheet from the American Public Health Association on recognizing the signs that your child is being bullied—or is a bully;
- For teachers, a module from the American Psychological Association featuring a break down of myths, profiles of early adolescents, and do's and don'ts;
- Information on student victimization and bullying at school (PDF) from the National Center for Education Statistics' School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey;
- Results of a survey conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health that indicated youth who are the targets of cyber bullying at school are at greater risk for depression than are the youth who bully them;
- A look at the "bystander effect" from Psychology Today; and
- Conclusions from the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education on how school attacks can be significantly reduced by a schoolwide approach to preventing bullying in a final report and findings of the Safe School Initiative (PDF).
And, just yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres posted a video about the recent tragedies of gay teenagers being bullied and committing suicide to escape the torment. Watch the video and then find resources on bullying prevention on her website.
October is the Pacer Center's National Bullying Prevention Month. Join them and cosponsors the National Education Association, the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, and the National PTA, on October 20 to raise awareness and shout, "The end of bullying begins with me!" And, in support of National Bullying Prevention Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has resources regarding bullying and bullying prevention for families and communities.
The National Crime Prevention Council is also highlighting bullying in October as part of Crime Prevention Month and shares information, training, publications, resources, and more.
Bullying is not an issue that can be focused on for just one month and then forgotten. It is our responsibility to know the signs, intervene, model respectful behaviors, and teach understanding. How do you ensure your schools and communities are safe?