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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Upstander and Anti-Bullying Resources

updated March 10, 2020

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by Catharine Hannay

Here are a collection of resources to help parents, teachers, and school leaders thoughtfully and effectively respond to bullying.

Teaching Resources

The research on effective and ineffective programs shows that it isn't enough to just do a one-day anti-bullying program. Depending on the age of your students, the following activities could be useful as part of a thoughtfully-considered overall SEL/kindness/anti-bullying approach: 

Research and Advice on Bullying Prevention

  • how to help a child who is being bullied;
  • how to help a child who is mistreating others;
  • how to help a child who is distressed after witnessing mean peer behavior.
  • common types of bullying;
  • risk factors for bullying; 
  • effects of bullying;
  • tips for preventing and responding to bullying;
  • tips for parents who believe their children are bullying others; and 
  • information about workplace bullying/bullying of adults.
  • conducting a needs assessment;
  • doing supportive research;
  • getting stakeholder buy-in; and 
  • ensuring long-term sustainability.
  • KiVa Program's Parents' Guide is a 36-page ebook with information that would be useful for teachers and school leaders as well as parents.

Videos About Bullying and Upstanders

He also has a guide for kids at (scroll down to "I want to help myself.")

Dr. John Carosso (3 minutes)
This is part of a seven-part series 
of brief videos about bullying.

anti-bullying country song by Mark Wills

story about an upstander
(no dialogue; 2 minutes)

This is just a small selection of the anti-bullying videos available on youtube. I've included four more upstander videos in the Thought-Provoking Videos About Empathy, Compassion, and Service. 

You may also be interested in the song playlists and video playlists about kindness, compassion, and service, as well as Community Service Projects, Pre-K Through College.

And there are many more resources for teaching kindness, compassion, and social-emotional learning at Teaching Resources page, including Case Studies in Microaggression, Empathy, and Mindful Speech.

Catharine Hannay is the founder of and the author of Being You: A Girl’s Guide to Mindfulness, a workbook for teen girls on mindfulness, compassion, and self-acceptance. (Sales of the book help me continue to run with no sponsorship or advertising.)