EC_10-15_Webinars and blogging for National bullying prev month

Webinars and blogging for National Bullying Prevention Month The Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the National School Climate Center are asking students and teachers to use social media for positive reasons during National Bullying Prevention Month. In a series of four interactive lessons students will gain deeper understanding of the scale and breadth of mean, cruel and/or bullying behavior as well as what they can do to be Upstanders – or socially responsible — in their school communities. Through video-conferences and team blogging, they will have the opportunity to dialogue with their global peers around questions such as why others act in mean, cruel and bullying ways, why it is important that all people are valued in a community and how students can make a positive difference as in their school and community. As we know already, social media issues can go viral. What may start as a virtual conversation between a small group of students during these sessions sponsored by both organizations, we know that those students involved can pay it forward and have an impact on their peers and teachers in a variety of ways. Perhaps they can even start a movement to help combat some of the sad statistics that were reported by DoSomething.org. Bullying is a complicated topic because some people believe it’s a rite of passage for students. After all, we have all experienced bullying in some way and we turned out fine. However, we …
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Nurturing Tolerance to Reduce Bullying

Students at Livingston Park Elementary School, New Brunswick, NJ Contributed by Michele Borba How teaching children tolerance can curb bullying and peer cruelty REALITY CHECK: Did you know that today’s American youth is displaying intolerant actions at alarming rates – and at younger and younger ages? The FBI tells us most hate crimes are committed by youths younger than nineteen. Tolerance is a powerful virtue that helps curtail hatred, bullying, violence, and bigotry while at the same time influencing us to treat others with kindness, respect, and understanding. While tolerance doesn’t call upon us to suspend moral judgment, it does require us to respect differences. This virtue is what helps our children recognize that all persons deserve to be treated with dignity, justice and respect even if we happen to disagree with some of their beliefs or behaviors. And it is a critical component of moral intelligence that we must build in our children. Intolerance can be demonstrated in many ways – verbally, physically, or in combination – but in every case, the perpetrator displays cold-hearted disrespect for his victims targeting their race, ethnicity, age, religion, disability, beliefs, gender, appearance, behavior or sexual orientation. Whatever method the perpetrator uses, an act of intolerance always causes the victim pain. Why Intolerance Breeds Bullies Research shows that a key reason for the escalation of bullying is due to intolerance. My work with hundreds of student focus groups across the country verifies that …
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Cyberbullying Curriculum

The Character Education Partnership encourages educators to check out Common Sense Media’s Anti-Cyberbullying Toolkit for schools. The toolkit contains a comprehensive suite of lesson plans, activities, and videos for K-12 classrooms as well as parent education materials to ensure your whole community knows how to stand up to cyberbullying. The Common Sense lessons focus on teaching students to think critically about their online interactions so they can identify bullying behavior and empowering them with the skills they need to be an “upstander” when they see bullying taking place. In this way, students learn to apply character education principles to their digital interactions; they judge what is right and wrong in potentially abusive situations, challenge themselves to consider what they can do to stop wrong behavior and elevate right behavior, and act on that judgment. The skills emphasized in the Common Sense curriculum apply across all technology platforms, and indeed, extend offline as well. The cyberbullying package includes: Video-rich, interactive lesson plans for classrooms and out-of-school settings Complete parent engagement kits with a short presentation, video, tip sheet, and discussion guide to foster dialogue with parents Alignment to ELA Common Core and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) NETS for students standards Links to additional anti-cyberbullying resources across the web for educators, parents, and kids These resources make it easy for your school to address cyberbullying and your school climate will benefit from your efforts. Access the completely free tools …
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Bullying Prevention

Six Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW to Stop Bullies Dr. Michele Borba has released the details on bullying prevention that she highlighted at our 18th National Forum on Character Education. Watch the video to see her 15-minute keynote overview. If you don’t have time to view the video, here’s a “Cliff Notes” version: 1. Set Clear Rules 2. Teach How to Recognize Bullying 3. Teach How to Report Bullying 4. Teach How to Respond to Bullying 5. Teach How to Refuse Bullying 6. Replace Current Beliefs or Behavior Click the image to the left to download the full 28-page publication. Follow these guidelines for effective bully-proofing through systemic, proactive change. Read more from Michele Borba >     Practices to Combat Bullying at Your School See our Promising Practices winners for a sampling of relevant practices to combat bullying at your school. In addition to these bully prevention suggestions, CEP has a proven framework of guidelines for all schools to create an effective learning environment. ——————————————– How Teaching Respect Stops Bullies From Upper Merion Area Middle School, a 2010 National School of Character King of Prussia, PA Upper Merion Area Middle School united as a community and a family to create a caring, respectful environment. A comprehensive, multifaceted approach to building this type of culture in the whole school combats bullying. It is a process that takes much planning and collaboration among stakeholders, dedicated leadership and diligence. Read more >> …
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Bullying in Schools: A Strategic Solution

If educators are serious about mitigating and eradicating bullying in schools, they will need to take a broad and strategic approach–one that focuses on the school’s entire culture. CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.goes to the heart of school culture. It is free of charge online. CEP’s vision is for all schools to have healthy cultures that foster respect, acceptance and compassion.
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