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Bullying Prevention

Two-thirds of teens are teased and one-third of teens are bullied at least once per month. According to a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association, victims of bullying are at greater
risk for common colds, coughs, sore throats, poor appetite, and night walking. Additionally, it is unrealistic to expect our students to focus on the school curriculum when they fear for their safety in school.

Bullying is unprovoked, often repeated, and aggressive. It can be physical, verbal, or psychological. Bullying occurs through physical aggression, verbal or written attacks, and exclusion. Additionally,
bullying can transpire electronically through email, chat rooms, and text messaging.

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that schools may be held financially responsible for demonstrating “deliberate indifference” for student-to-student sexual harassment, and courts
have interpreted this to also hold schools liable for bullying. In some cases, administrators and teachers find they are personally sued. Unfortunately, educators are too often receiving little
systematic training regarding these legal issues.

While educators have a legal responsibility to act, we also know that much bullying and harassment occurs out of the sight of adults. Every day 60 percent of American teens witness bullying at
least once per day. Some intervene, many do not. Part of creating safe spaces is in helping children develop the skills and confidence to stand-up for each other.

As a result of a full-day workshop, participants will be able to…

1. Explain the impact, positive and negative, of identity and grouping on children.
2. Examine ways to create less bullies.
3. Create a safer space in their school community.
4. Summarize the various reasons for which students are bullied.
5. Create lesson plans that integrate bullying across the curriculum.
6. Help students intervene over incidents of bullying.

* Objectives and outcomes can be modified depending on the individual school’s need.