Any teacher looking to combat bullying should start with the Teaching Tolerance documentary Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History. This free movie includes a viewers guide with great anti-bullying resources. For more information, go to the movie’s website.
Other Teaching Tolerance resources include the classroom activity “Bullying: Tips for Students.” It gives students advice on how to handle bullying situations.
Another useful activity is “Stand Up.” It reminds students that no one deserves to be bullied and that everyone has a responsibility to stop it.
For a comprehensive list of anti-bullying resources, including anti-bullying organizations, visit the Teaching Tolerance website. www.tolerance.org/supplement/ resources-and-project-partners
Bullying: It’s Not About Anger …
Contrary to popular opinion, and contrary to the thesis of some anti-bullying programs, bullying is not about anger or conflict. It’s about contempt—a powerful feeling of dislike toward someone considered to be worthless, inferior or undeserving of respect. Bullying is arrogance in action. Once kids believe that someone is “less than them” they can harm that child without feeling any empathy, compassion or shame.