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STOP Bullying
Kentucky's New Definition of Bullying... KRS Definition of Bullying: Amend KRS 158.148 to define "bullying"; require a school board's code of acceptable behavior to prohibit bullying; require the code to include procedures for investigating and responding to reports of bullying and a method to protect a person reporting a bullying incident.
(1) (a) As used in this section, "bullying" means any unwanted verbal, physical, or social behavior among students that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated or has the potential to be repeated:
1. That occurs on school premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event; or
2. That disrupts the education process.
(b) This definition shall not be interpreted to prohibit civil exchange of opinions or debate or cultural practices protected under the state or federal Constitution where the opinion expressed does not otherwise materially or substantially disrupt the education process.

Types of Bullying:
  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes things like teasing, name-calling, Inappropriate sexual comments or threatening
  • Social bullying refers to as relational bullying which involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying might be for example; leaving someone out of a group on purpose, spreading rumors about someone  or embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or their possessions. Physical bullying includes such acts as; hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone’s possessions.
  • Cyber-bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Which includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

S.T.O.P.! TiplineSafety Tipline, Online Prevention
- (KCSS) S.T.O.P.! Tipline is an "online" reporting/prevention tool. If students, parents or community members know of an unsafe situation in school (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.), they can anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using this basic email format. Approximately 60 school districts have partnered with KCSS and are providing this prevention tool to their school community. It is free of charge to schools in Kentucky.

Bullying Prevention Checklist: - Jon Akers, Executive Director of KCSS, offer suggestions for principals to consider when establishing bullying/harassment standards within their respective schools.  This is not an all-inclusive list…but it is a good start for principals to reflect and act accordingly.

Bullying in Schools (No.12)Bullying in Schools (No. 12) - Perhaps more than any other school safety problem, bullying affects students’ sense of security. The most effective ways to prevent or lessen bullying require school administrators’ commitment and intensive effort; police interested in increasing school safety can use their influence to encourage schools to address the problem. This guide provides police with information about bullying in schools, its extent and its causes, and enables police to steer schools away from common remedies that have proven ineffective elsewhere, and to develop ones. (Department of Justice – COPS)

Community Action Plan MaterialsCommunity Action Plan Materials - The Bullying Prevention Materials are research-based resources that can help you lead bullying prevention efforts in your communities. Bullying can be prevented, especially when the power of a community is brought together. Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities.

Free Hotline: What You Can Do to Help End Bullying FREE Hotline: What You Can Do to Help End Bullying
- (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) While bullying doesn’t cause suicide, a stressful environment and persistent, emotional victimization can increase a person’s risk of suicide. Together, we can create awareness about the dangers of bullying and give emotional support to those who may be contemplating suicide. If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

OnGuardOnline.govOnGuardOnline.gov - (The Federal Trade Commission) OnGuardOnline.gov is a partner in the Stop. Think. Connect. campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It has many free downloads and videos available for schools and communities.

SAMHSA From SAMHSA - Get Know Bullying, the free app from SAMHSA that can prevent bullying. Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying.

Bullying Surveys Bullying Surveys
Here are a few survey samples
Incident Reporting Forms
Incident Reporting Forms
Incident Report forms are here for planning purposes from various resources and other states.

Kentucky Bullying Law and Guidance, Sample Policies

Kentucky Bullying Law and Guidance, Sample PoliciesKentucky House Bill 91 "Bullying Bill" AN ACT relating to the safety, learning, and well-being of students. Amend KRS 158.440 to identify the Golden Rule as the model for improving attitude and the rule for conduct for all public school students; require school districts to have plans, policies, and procedures dealing with measures for assisting students who are engaging in disruptive and disorderly behavior... Text Summary  (Kentucky Legislature)
KDE Guidelines to Assist Districts in Implementing HB91

-KASC Sample Policies for School Councils


OnGuardOnline.govState Educational Agency Model Anti-Bullying Policies… Kentucky’s anti-bullying legislation (KRS 158.156) was codified in 2008 after the passage of House Bill 91. This legislation requires the Kentucky Department of Education to provide guidance to local school districts to assist with the implementation of the law at the local level. Additionally, the legislation requires that “model policies” (bullying, code of conduct, and supervision of students) be provided to school districts. 

Map of State Bullying Policies & Laws
State and local lawmakers have taken action to prevent bullying and protect children. Through laws (in their state education codes and elsewhere) and model policies (that provide guidance to districts and schools), each state addresses bullying differently. Each state refers to bullying in its laws and what they require on part of schools and districts. By clicking the link above you can access a map with each state’s information. (stopbullying.gov) 

US Education Department Releases Analysis of State Bullying Laws US Education Department Releases Analysis of State Bullying Laws ...
 - The U.S. Department of Education released … Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies, a new report summarizing current approaches in the 46 states with anti-bullying laws and the 41 states that have created anti-bullying policies as models for schools.


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Billy Bully Lesson Billy Bully Lesson - (By Ana Galan) Check out your library for a copy of this school-yard counting book. It describes the good and bad behaviors in class. While reading the book aloud to your preschool through second grade students, use Powerpoint of visual aids to reinforce good behavior, counting and sequence. Click here for Powerpoint

Wheel of BullyingWheel of Bullying - This interactive question and answer Powerpoint covering bullying prevention has a "wheel of fortune" format. As the game is played students are quizzed on types of bullying and cyber-bullying activities. This Powerpoint is good for upper-elementary to high school students.

Operation RespectFREE RESOURCE: Operation Respect - Operation Respect is a non-profit organization working to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can flourish. Founded by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the organization disseminates educational resources that are designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict up on each other by behaviours such as ridicule, bullying and-in extreme cases-violence.

Committee for Children CurriculumCommittee for Children Curriculum - The researched based STEPS TO RESPECT program teaches elementary students to recognize, refuse, and report bullying, be assertive, and build friendships. In fact, a recent study found that the program led to a 31 percent decline in bullying and a 70 percent cut in destructive bystander behavior. This curriculum is one example of an evidence-based curriculum.

Owning Up CurriculumThe Owning Up™ Lessons - Present a unique and comprehensive approach to preventing youth violence by targeting the root causes of bullying and other forms of social cruelty. It exposes the cultural expectations that teach young people to humiliate and dehumanize others as the way to achieve power and respect, then challenges them to transform this dynamic. A CD is included for a nominal fee.

Evidence-Based Programs and CurriculaEvidence-Based Programs and Curricula - Schools may choose to implement formal evidence-based programs or curricula. Many evaluated programs that address bullying are designed for use in elementary and middle schools. Fewer programs exist for high schools and non-school settings. There are many considerations in selecting a program, including the school’s demographics, capacity, and resources. The federal government has developed evidence-based program registries that can help schools select a program. Some federal departments prioritize funding based on use of these programs. (stopbullying.gov)

Digital Literacy and Citizenship CurriculumDigital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum - This
FREE, pioneering curriculum is designed to empower students to think critically and make informed choices about how they create, communicate, and treat others in our ever-evolving, 24/7 digital world. (commonsensemedia)

Teens - There's a lot to deal with on the InternetTeens - There’s a lot to deal with on the Internet - Cyberbullies, privacy settings, gossip, … These resources can help teens navigate the Internet while guarding their reputation.  (netsmartz.org)

Thinkfinity- High Interest Novel for Struggling Readers - 6-90 minute sessions for 9-12 graders. In many of today’s schools, bullying and violence are prevalent. After completing this lesson, students will have a more in-depth understanding of these problems. Using a realistic, high-interest novel (The Bully by Paul Langan) and interactive reading strategies, students discuss many issues that surround bullying and consider what they themselves can do to prevent bullying.

Spookley the Square PumpkinYouTube Animated Story of Spookley - Elementary Lesson Plan
Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Pacer is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch world. In The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, a perennial fall favorite children’s story, Spookley helps you understand that the things that make you different are what make you special.

Bullying Book Discussion GuideCounselors & Media Specialists Bullying Book Discussion Guide - (Random House Inc) Includes Connections to Common Core State Standards @ RHTeachersLibrarians.com. School Counselor, Laura Barbour has taught and counseled children from preschool through high school and presently works as an elementary professional school counselor at Stafford Primary School in West Linn, Oregon.

Stop Bullying Now
Stop Bullying Now! - For many years, bullying was seen as a necessary evil -- an unpleasant, but unavoidable, rite of childhood. Ignore it, we thought, and eventually it will go away. The problem hasn't gone away, though, and educators can no longer afford to ignore it. Included: Education World offers ten activities for teaching kids about empathy, anger management, and effective conflict resolution. Lessons include: Kids Bullying Kids, Coloring a Peaceful World, The Average Kid, Planet X, Reacting to Conflict, The Anger Suit, Bullying and Diversity Lesson: What's Your Name?, The Talking Stick, Bullying Reality Quiz

Stopbullying.gov-kids - Find facts, webisodes, and quizzes about bullying for kids. A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is interactive, attention getting and engaging. The four sections children can choose from on this site are: “the facts”, “what can I do”, “kid videos” and “games". This format allows for both classroom and individual use.

Pacer's Site 4 TeensPACER's Site 4 Teens - (PACER'S National Center for Bully Prevention) This site for middle and high school students includes interactive sections on defining bullying, feelings about bullying, how to respond to bullying and scenarios/ testimonials from students who have been bullied. Search the website by clicking on the headings across the top of page, “Identify”, “Respond”, “Listen” etc., to access useful and up-to-date information about how to approach and prevent bullying.

Pacer's Kids Against BullyingKids Against Bullying Site - (PACER'S National Center for Bully Prevention) This site has many creative resources to educate elementary students about bullying. It includes an animated cast of characters, information, celebrity videos, Webisodes, interactive games, animation, contests, and other activities.
---Music Video “Keep Your Eyes Open”
(created by an elementary school) is very insightful and might be a good starting point for a classroom discussion about bullying. The school principal discusses bullying after the student’s perform a song about how others should stop and keep their eyes open to be a part of the bullying solution. For more resources for students: ---Click on the colorful words “Spot”, “Stop”, “Share”, etc. to access the videos, posters, webisodes, etc. 

McGruff-The Crime Dog - (National Crime Prevention Council) McGruff the Crime Dog and pal, Scruff, bring ideas about kids staying safe through safety puzzles, games, videos, and coloring pages. The interactive games, videos, advice and downloads can be used for the classroom, computer lab or an individual computer. Watch the video, “Samantha’s Choice” to find out how McGruff helps students know what to do to help stop bullying. There are games like "Stop the Bully" or "Stick Together" that also help students discover the right way to stop bullying in school.

A Frill a MinuteA Frill a Minute -
In this Dinosaur Train episode, the Pteranodon kids and Tank Triceratops play games at Big Pond, where they discuss the purpose of Tank's frill, and outsmart a bully. They learn that Tank's frill is a defense mechanism which makes the Triceratops look threatening to potential predators. (Stream Only)

Helping DrewHelping Drew
- In this episode of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up, pre-K and kindergarten students at Teaneck‘s Bryant Elementary School get an early anti-bullying lesson from a teacher-produced puppet show called "Helping Drew". Elementary school educator, Alex Ishkanian, combines his passion for the performing arts and his education background to create engaging, dramatic programs for elementary-school-aged students. (Stream, Download and Share)

The Foundation for a Better Life
The Foundation for a Better Life creates public service campaigns to communicate positive values. “Locker - In this motivational commercial a boy is accosted by bullies at school, but pleasantly surprised when he is helped by another student. This models a positive example of reaching out to someone else in need. “Cafeteria” – Girls are sometimes more verbally aggressive and this commercial shows how a new student is mistreated, just because she is new. On a positive note, she is rescued by a student doing the right thing by making a choice to treat her with respect.

The Ned Program
The Ned Program school-wide character education program centers around a 45 minute assembly called The NED Show. NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. Teachers love that NED is simple, relatable and kid-focused.

inspirED
inspirED - born out of a partnership between Facebook and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence—is an online community designed by educators, teens, and experts in social and emotional learning (SEL) to help high school students and educators work together to create the best possible learning communities.

Olweus Bullying Prevention ProgramOlweus Bullying Prevention Program The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop.


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KCSS Bullying Handouts Myths of Bullying Handout - (KCSS 2-Sided Flyer) - Topics on this handout include: “Shattering the Myths of Bullying”, “You Can Help”, “Who’s the Bully… Not My Child!”, and “Why don’t kids ask for help?"
What is Bullying? Handout
- (KCSS 2-Sided Flyer) - Topics on this handout include: “Characteristics of those who bully”, “Alarming Stats”, “Characteristics of Victims”, and “Long-Term Effects of Bullying”
Student Bullying Handout - (KCSS 2-Sided Flyer) - Topics on this handout include: “What is Bullying?”, Are you bullying others?”, “Students: What’s with those who bully?”, “Tell it or Spell it”, “Watch Out Online!”, and “Students: What you can do”
Parents’ Bullying Handout - (KCSS 2-Sided Flyer) - Topics on this handout include: “What is Bullying?”, “Have they been guilty of bullying someone else?”, “Parents: How to talk about bullying”, “What’s up with all the bullying behavior?”, “5 Tips for parents to prevent bullying”, and “Parents: Watch OUT online!”
Bullying: Suggestions For Educators - (KCSS) Educate the school staff and students on the real definition of bullying. Be consistent when enforcing policies and codes of conduct (after these have been revised and work for your school). Use an existing committee or form a school climate or safety committee to review data and ask guided questions about bullying in your school. Use surveys and the data from these surveys. These and many other suggestions are available on this handout.
Conflict vs. Bullying and Telling vs. Tattling - (KCSS) When talking with your students use these handouts. Everyone needs to know the difference in conflict and bullying, and telling and tattling. Review these in classrooms and place on the wall to refer to every now and then.
Bullying Prevention Checklist - (KCSS) Jon Akers, Executive Director of KCSS, offer suggestions for principals to consider when establishing bullying/harassment standards within their respective schools. This is not an all-inclusive list…but it is a good start for principals to reflect and act accordingly.
KCSS Mean Girl Bullying Handout - Parent Tips Suggestions include: Involve girls in activities outside of school so they are exposed to different types of people, and, encourage relationships with adults and other children who appreciate them for who they are.
From PACER - Talk to Your Child About Bullying
Parents can prepare themselves to talk with their children by considering how they are going to handle their child’s questions and emotions. They can also decide what information they would like to give their child about bullying
English Handout
Spanish Handout


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PowerPoints and Videos

Bullying 101 Powerpoint from Bullying SymposiumBullying 101 Powerpoint from Bullying Symposium - Understanding the Who, When and Why of Bullying, and What we Can do to Stop it. Bullying has long been excused as “part of growing up,” but research increasingly indicates that it is a pervasive problem with severe impacts on student academic performance. Former Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education Kevin Jennings, explains the phenomenon of bullying and outline steps both institutions and individuals can take to reduce the incidence of bullying in their schools.

Cyberbullying PowerPoint Presentation
Bullying PowerPoint Presentation This powerpoint explains types of bullying, who is displaying bullying behavior, and who are the victims. It empowers others to assist those who are bullied and how to deal if you feel like a victim. Download PDF Version

Wheel of BullyingWheel of Bullying - This interactive question and answer Powerpoint covering bullying prevention has a "wheel of fortune" format. As the game is played students are quizzed on types of bullying and cyber-bullying activities. This Powerpoint is good for upper-elementary to high school students.

Bullying Prevention Powerpoint: Project RespectBullying Prevention Powerpoint: Project Respect - Thousands of students stay home every day because they fear harassment or bullying at school. More than one-third of Kentucky high school students say that they have been bullied. Learn how to combat bullying and create a safer learning environment with a positive message the whole school can rally around: RESPECT!

Bullying Prevention PowerpointBullying Prevention Powerpoint - To be used with school administrators when dealing with bullying problems in their schools. It can accompany the Bully Prevention Checklist below by Jon Akers, executive director of the Ky Center for School Safety. Bullying Prevention Checklist

CKET Health Three60 Video Program: When Children Are Cruel
KET Health Three60 Video Program: "When Children Are Cruel" - Bullying has become a serious concern in school districts across the state and in the nation. Host Renee Shaw and guests explore the impact of bullying on students today, the role of bystander intervention, and how schools are implementing anti-bullying programs.

The Foundation for a Better LifeThe Foundation for a Better Life
creates public service campaigns to communicate positive values. “Locker - In this motivational commercial a boy is accosted by bullies at school, but pleasantly surprised when he is helped by another student. This models a positive example of reaching out to someone else in need. “Cafeteria” – Girls are sometimes more verbally aggressive and this commercial shows how a new student is mistreated, just because she is new. On a positive note, she is rescued by a student doing the right thing by making a choice to treat her with respect.

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