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Eight Ways to Educate Kids During National Bullying Prevention Month


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October is National Bullying Prevention Month and classroom lessons provide crucial moments to spread the anti-bullying message. There are plenty of ways to teach about bullying in the classroom and encourage kids to courageously avoid bullying or stand up for others.

What is bullying?

According to, bullying is "unwanted aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose."

What roles can kids play?

Students can either be the bully, the victim, or a witness to bullying. Bullying can happen in and out of the classroom, during recess, field trips, sports, or over the Internet and social media outlets.

In response to National Bullying Prevention Month, EducationWorld has created a list of videos, games, and books teachers can use to encourage their students to speak up or avoid bullying. 


  1. Cyberbullying: There's a Way Out!: Provided by DeleteCyberbullying, this video shows the cause and effect of someone who is cyber bullied and what students can do in order to prevent it, such as telling their parents, calling the school, and telling the bully to stop. 

  1. Cyberbullies Are No Fun: For grades 4-6, this video provided by Planet Nutshell follows a fourth-grade boy named Alex who is constantly bullied by a sixth-grader "Big Mike." As the bullying transitions from the playground to online, Alex teaches students what they can do to stop bullying. 

  1. KB's First Day: This set of videos provided by follows KB and her friends as they encounter different bullying situations. The first video, KB's First Day, follows KB on her first day of school as she gets made fun of in front of the class by a mean girl named Cassandra. Students can watch the videos and then teachers can administer a quiz afterwards where students can talk about the video and learn more about bullying.


  1. It's My Life: With this game sponsored by PBS, students can ride along in space with a bully and race to the finish line by correctly answering questions about bullying. The questions reflect different scenarios, such as, "Snidra and her friends sometimes follow you home from school so they can tease you and call you names. To stop this from happening, you:" When players choose the correct answer, they take the lead in the race. When they answer incorrectly, the bully takes the lead. 
  2. Awesome Upstander: With this game, students can play a cartoon character and "learn what makes a bully a bully and how simply standing up [aka upstanding!] is the most powerful tool a group can have!" Players make their way through cafeterias, playgrounds, and other locations to collect friends and "must-haves" as they beat the bully from reaching their target, a young boy. The player "collects friends so they can stand up against the bully with you." 


  1. The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill: Amazon says "The Recess Queen" is "a fresh & original twist on the common issue of bullying. Kids will relate, & parents & teachers will appreciate the story's deft handling of conflict resolution."
  2. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson: Amazon says, "In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipes for turning your best enemy into your best friend."
  3. The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others by Bob Sornson: In this book Amazon says,"When Pete begins to behave badly, his classmates teach him about 'The Promise'. Will Pete decide to shed his bullying habits and make 'The Promise'?"


Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor