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KY Safe Schools Week 2016
The Kentucky Center for School Safety is proud to announce this year's KY Safe Schools Week is set for October 15-21, 2017. Together we can "Get Involved and Get it Solved" STOP the Bullying! KCSS stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to get involved during Kentucky Safe Schools Week. Those who use bullying behavior in school thrive on intimidation, humiliation and secrecy. They count on the silence of bystanders and students who are victimized. During Kentucky Safe Schools Week, every student, every educator and all staff will be asked to roll up their sleeves and lace up their shoes and  “Get Involved” in activities to reduce the bullying at their schools. Make a personal commitment, "Get Involved, Get it Solved! STOP the Bullying!
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.

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. (

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.  (

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. There is a teacher toolkit  (pre-school, K-3) to accompany The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Bullying Book Discussion GuideCounselors & Media Specialists Bullying Book Discussion Guide - (Random House Inc) Includes Connections to Common Core State Standards @ 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. 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 - 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. Also, it is important to support all kids involved in a bullying situation. There are links that will help you -  Support the Kids Involved, Address Bullying Behavior  & Support Bystanders Who Witness Bullying

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. 

--How Can You Help - Bullying doesn’t affect just those who are bullied and those who bully, it has a huge impact on those who see the behavior! Learn more about how you can get involved and be a positive influence on others. (PACER'S National Center for Bully Prevention)

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 - 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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Safe Schools Week 2016 PowerPoint PresentationSafe Schools Week 2016 PowerPoint Presentation - Use this PowerPoint as an overview for KY Safe Schools Week.
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Bullying PowerPoint PresentationBullying PowerPoint Presentation - Bullying: This powerpoint explains what bullying is and how to deal if you feel like a victim.
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Cyberbullying PowerPoint PresentationCyberbullying PowerPoint Presentation - CyberBullying: This downloadable powerpoint is a brief overview of cyberbullying and includes a definition, statistics and communication.
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Sexting PowerPoint PresentationSexting PowerPoint Presentation - Cell Phones and Sexting: This powerpoint is an overview of sexting and includes a definition, the consequences and the ramifications if caught with sexting photos.
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Suicide Prevention PowerPoint PresentationSuicide Prevention PowerPoint Presentation - Suicide Prevention: Roll of a Teen. This downloadable powerpoint is a brief overview of suicide prevention and includes facts, risks and roles.
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Mean Girls, Beware the Pack is Back!!!Mean Girls, Beware the Pack is Back!!! - As school begins we need to be aware that "The Pack is Back." Mean girls will be in your halls in full force. In this presentation we will identify "The Mean Girl Pack" and do soul searching to identify who we are and how to become a better person a "Super Hero." Mean girls use relational aggression which is a kind of social torment (bullying) that often exists without parents and teachers even noticing. 

Bullying 101 Powerpoint from Bullying Symposium
Bullying 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.

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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