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Anti-Bullying Curriculum

Know the Facts

Bullying doesn’t happen at our school
70% of students nationwide report being bullied in school, 15% on a regular basis
Bullying is a natural part of childhood

The height of bullying occurs between the 3rd & 8th grades. It is not natural, but is mean & cruel

“Sticks & stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Children can work it out on their own - through simple retorts like this

The emotional abuse of name-calling can lead to depression and even suicide

Bullying at School Quiz: Do you agree or disagree?

You’re a tattletale if you complain: this goes for kids and adults

It is not tattling to protect and assert your right to not be bullied. It is courageous - the bully wants you to be quiet!

Most bullies are boys

Most physical bullying occurs among boys. Most verbal bullying and shunning is caused by girls.

Bystanders are present in 3 out of 20 bullying incidents

Bystanders are present in 70% of bullying incidents

Bullying Affects ALL Students Negatively!

Effects physical, social, and mental health of school population - can create a climate of fear
Harder to concentrate on school work and in class
Students are nervous it will happen to them
This nervousness causes anxiety, short temper, and a feeling of being “on edge”
Students are afraid to be who they are and can stop speaking out in class or even participating in gym

Bullying Affects ALL Students Negatively!
Students are not learning; therefore, grades drop, teachers worry and talk to parents, then parents worry
The bullying target feels bad: low self-esteem, lonely, depressed, anxious
Student is affected socially and can begin to isolate himself
The target begins to feel guilty and blames herself
This violates constitutional and personal rights

Roles of Bullying

  • Active Bystander: assisting or reinforcing bully
  • Passive Bystander: avoiding or refusing to intervene
Role of the Bystander
  • There are no innocent bystanders!
  • Their actions can encourage bullying (ex: laughing)
  • Their actions can be seen as giving permission to bully (ex: not objecting or ignoring)
It’s OK to tell!
Who do you tell??

Is It Teasing or Bullying?

Good-Natured Teasing
  • Playful between BOTH people
  • Uses a friendly tone
  • Encourages friendships
  • Doesn’t lead to physical confrontations
  • Sometimes lightens a tense moment
Hurtful Teasing
  • Uses angry tone
  • Angry body language
  • Continues even when distress is evident
  • Continues even when the topic is upsetting to others
  • Accompanied by “showing off”
Think Before You “Tease”

Is the teasing about…
  • Identity?
  • Appearance?
  • Ability?
  • Social Status?
  • Sexual Content?
If yes to any of these, it may be best to not say anything at all

The TRIPLE D’s of Bullying

  • Someone might get hurt
  • Something might get broken, damaged, or destroyed
  • Someone repeatedly teases or bullies other people
  • Someone’s core identity is ridiculed

You Decide: Joking? Teasing? Or Bullying?

Sonia recently moved to Lincoln Heights and just finished her first week at the local middle school. At 5 ft 8 in, she towered over most of the students in her 7th grade class. While looking for a place to sit, another student called to her, “Hey, shorty, there’s a spot over here!” Sonia paused for a moment and another girl from the group waved her over. “Don’t pay attention to her,” she told Sonia. “That’s just the way we talk to each other. They call me Einstein because I got all C’s on my last report card.”

You Decide: Joking? Teasing? Or Bullying?

For years, Angel has made fun of his best friend, Dave’s, peanut butter obsession. “You’d eat my gym sock if it was covered in peanut butter,” he once told Dave. One day in science lab, the students designed mazes to test the intelligence of white mice. When the teacher told the class that they would be baiting the mazes with peanut butter, Angel called out, “Better be careful - Dave might get to the end of the maze before the mice!” The other students broke out in laughter.

You Decide: Joking? Teasing? Or Bullying?

On Monday afternoon, Rob used his recess time to hang campaign posters around the school, which read, “Vote Rob for Student Council President.” On Tuesday morning in homeroom, Rob found one of his posters taped to the blackboard in the front of the classroom. Someone had crossed out the word, “President,” and replaced it with “First Lady.” One of Rob’s classmates pointed to a girl in the first row, indicating that Maria had altered the poster. Rob glared at her as he tore down the poster. “It’s just a joke,” Maria laughed. “Lighten up - I’m gonna vote for you.”

Wrap-Up & Review

With your groups, list three ways to complete the following sentence:

Teasing has crossed the line to become hurtful when…

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