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Bullying Resources

Besides having fun, kids are trying to figure out how to make their way through the social environment and feel accepted. It is our role to help create a change in the social environment that makes it "uncool" to use violence and ultimately to be a bully.

Getting Started

  • Create environments free from violence and hostility in which kids feel safe and can trust adults.
  • Establish clear rules that state bullying is not acceptable and reinforce them consistently. This could be in the form of an anti-violence policy or simply agreed upon rules for the group.
  • Teach respect for others as a core value.
  • Use examples that encourage the acceptance of diversity.
  • Engage kids in bullying prevention activities and encourage them to take leadership in committees and projects.
  • Encourage kids to become peer educators and/or use older students to provide mentorship and act as role models.
  • Provide diverse activities that will help kids develop their talents and give a creative outlet.
  • Keep kids and adults motivated to prevent bullying through an anti-bullying pledge.
  • Reach out to parents and other community agencies to be involved in teaching kids healthy communication skills.

Making the Connection

Many schools and communities are interested in addressing the topic of bullying for youth.  For some sexual assault programs this might be a great first step in building a relationship with local schools. Presenting information on gender based bullying is a great way to begin to make connections with broader sexual violence issues with stakeholders.  Below are two resources to give you data and tools on this topic:

  • Let's Talk About Gender Based Bullying presentation package comes with a PowerPoint, trainer notes, a postcard for youth, and a brochure for adults. Available in English and Spanish. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a report "The Bully-Sexual Violence Pathway in Early Adolescence" that highlights the early findings from a three-year study aimed to examine the overlap between bullying and sexual violence victimization and perpetration in five middle schools in a Midwest state. 

Additional Resources

  • Check out Stop Bullying Now for resources directed to both kids and adults. For kids: games and webisodes. For adults: tool kits, activity guides, talking points, PSAs, posters, and brochures.
Reviewed: July 10th, 2017