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A wiki page about Bullying by: Laurel Loewenguth, Cynthia Robinson and Mary Kay Ward

General Overview
As the safety of our schools in the United States have become an important public policy issue, interest in the problem of bullying has intensified. In this Wikipage, you will find several items that describe what bullying looks like, feels like and sounds like across all areas of education. Bullying not only happens in middle and high schools, but is happening as young as preschool all the way through adulthood by and to our children. There are several youtube videos to view, books that are written about prevention, interactive websites that engage children to learn ways to recognize what bullying looks like and how to stop it starting at the preschool level. Also available are resources for parents, teachers and educators to help kids today cope with being bullied.

What is Bullying?

"Bullying is intentional aggressive behavior. It can take the form of physical or verbal harassment and involves an imbalance of [[#|power]] (a group of children can gang up on a victim or someone who is physically bigger or more aggressive can intimidate someone else, for instance). It can involve children of any age, including younger elementary grade-schoolers and even kindergarteners. Bullying behavior is frequently repeated unless there is intervention."


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What does Bullying look like?
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Bullying behavior can include teasing, insulting someone (particularly about their weight or height, race, sexuality, religion or other personal traits), shoving, hitting, excluding someone, or gossiping about someone.




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How does bullying make people feel?

Bullying can cause a victim to feel upset, afraid, ashamed, embarrassed, and anxious about going to school.
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Bullying can be prevented, Educate yourself and others about the effects of Bullying

Available Resources to help Parents, Teachers and Children learn to spot and prevent bullying

Video Resources

This video is geared toward preschool children addressing a typical bullying situation that a preschooler may encounter. It explains what is bullying through music. Music is one way preschool children learn concepts. The video ends with the monsters problem solving and finding a way they all can play with the ball.


The following video supports and promotes a Sesame Street Initiative on Bullying



Bye Bye Bully School Assembly: Presented by Obediah Thomas. A fun presentation for elementary students on preventing bullying:





Here is the video about Karen Klein, the bus monitor from Greece [[#|School]] District and her experience with being bullied on the bus.



Interactive Websites
  • Kids Against Bullying This website allows elementary children an engaging way to spot signs of bullying, and ways to prevent it through games, printables, and stories by elementary children offered in video, poster and notes.
  • Stop the Bully Bullying prevention campaign featuring McGruff the [[#|Crime]] [[#|Dog]]. "Spot the Clues" video aimed at parents, videos and PSAs for kids and resources for both audiences.

Books
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The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book: For Preschool Classrooms [Paperback]
Barbara Sprung , Merle Froschl

"In preschool, children encounter their first experiences in forming and joining social groups outside their family. It is natural for them to experiment with social interactions while [[#|learning]] about their world. In this guide, teasing and bullying are addressed as a continuum of intentionally hurtful behavior, from making fun of someone to repetitive physical abuse. Creating a caring environment at the beginning of [[#|school]] reduces the need for children to assert themselves through negative behavior such as teasing and bullying. With The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book, teachers of young children can address this behavior before it develops". Anti Bullying and Teasing


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Stand Up for Yourself and Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness and Finding a Better Way [Paperback]
Patti Kelley Criswell , Angela Martini

"This book teaches [[#|girls]] how to spot bullying and how to stand up and speak out against it. Quizzes, quotes from other [[#|girls]], and "what do you do?" scenarios present advice in an age-appropriate, digestible way. The message in this book is that there is no one right way to deal with bullying. Instead, there are lots of options for girls to try, from ignoring a bully and trying a few clever comebacks to reporting bullying to a trusted adult. Readers learn how to stand up for others and be a good friend, too. The book ends with a pledge girls can sign, plus tear-out tips for girls to share with their parents."
Teaching Girls about Bullying


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Bully B.E.A.N.S. [Paperback]

Julia Cook (Author) Anita DuFalla (Illustrator).
Bully B.E.A.N.S. is a fun story that teaches people of all ages to become proactive when it comes to bullying. This book can help children and adults understand why bullying happens and what they can do to stop it. Finally, a bullying book that speaks to the bystander!


Bully by Judith Caseley

The bully and his victim get sympathy in this picture book. When Mickey's friend Jack turns into a bully, Mickey discusses it at home. It turns
out that Jack is angry and hurt because he's feeling displaced by his baby sister. Mickey makes Jack laugh and they make up and become friends again. The solution is much too easy, of course, as every child will recognize, but the story does open up issues for discussion.


Available Blogs on Bullying

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Bullying from a Parent's Perspective
Blog on Bullying

Five Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action. Becky Cohn-Varga offers solutions for taking action against bullying.

Read the Blog


http://bullyinglte.wordpress.com/


News Articles:
Spirit Elementary reaffirms stand against bullying. January 17, 2013 from The Daytona Beach News Journal
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