KON Chapter Activity to address:
Critical Issue: Bullying
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior may be repeated. Both those who are bullied and those who bully others may have serious lasting problems. This is a very pressing and damaging issue that effects all involved in the short and long run. www.stopbullying.gov
Possible Chapter Service Activities
- Host a Story Swap! This encourages adults and children to share their own experiences with bullying. Journal to explore your understanding of bullying.
- Generate or sign an anti-bullying petition. Offer to staff a booth or zone with clipboards asking others to sign at an anti-bullying event or other appropriate event on campus.
- Hold a Bullying Fair to increase community awareness of bullying. Have students set goals, carry-out the plan, and reflect on their learning.
- At your next meeting, conduct a role-playing exercise to highlight roles of persons involved in the bullying cycle. Discuss or role play case studies involving bullying scenarios.
- Coordinate a Run, Walk, Hike, Against Bullying in your community.
- The warning signs that someone you love is being bullied or cyberbullied are different. Learn about both warning signs and make everyone in your chapter aware of these signs. Learn prevention strategies for both forms of bullying.
- Explore bullying laws for the state in which you live and compare these with legislation that exists nationally. Petition local government leaders if changes need to be made to your community.
- Evaluate the adequacy of bullying and hazing policies that exist at your school. Petition school officials to make appropriate policies or update poor policies. Advocate for school activities to support kindness and inclusivity.
- Research the relationship between bullying and other forms of violence. Follow-up by identifying steps that can be taken by schools and family therapists to prevent the perpetuation of such abuse and educate your community.
- Address the Family Violence and Bullying Connection: Students plan and provide a series of presentations at one or more local schools which address family violence and school bullying.
- Work with a local school to develop a comprehensive bullying plan. Involve students in all aspects of planning, allowing them to set goals, carry-out the plan, and reflect on their learning.
- Start a Gay-Straight Alliance at your school. Research has shown a GSA at school has is associated with decreased levels of bullying of students. Start an Alliance.
Potential Local Partners
City, County, and State Health Departments
Campus or local safety centers
Community public school district
Local chapter of an appropriate association
Student organizations in academic unit
Other Service Activity Ideas or Resources
- In-Class Roleplay Guide for Cyberbullying
- Bullying Policies by State
- Quizzes About Bullying
- Student Action Plan
- Community Action Toolkit
- See Something - What Does Bullying Look Like?
- School Climate Improvement Resource Package Assessments
- Social Media Toolkit
- PBS Lesson Plan Against Bullying
- Bullying Prevention Lesson Plan (grades 6-8)
- Hey U.G.L.Y.
https://heyugly.org/ Great antibullying resource, including a shop with anti-bullying items.
National events and initiatives
- Anti-Bullying Week: Website based in the U.K. provides resources for anti-bullying week. Their anti-bullying weeks take place in November. https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/
- National Bullying Prevention Month: This effort is a month-long event held annually in October each year. PACER, who originated the movement, offers several toolkits to assist educators with this effort. Wear orange on October 19, 2022 Unity Day to demonstrate unity against bullying.
- In the month of April, help PACER Run, Walk, Roll against bullying as they strive to collectively circle the earth as many times as possible.
- Black-out Bullying Day: Held the last Wednesday of January. Students encouraged to dress in black representing the need to eliminate bullying. A YouTube video from a Boys and Girls club shows how the event was held at that location. This event is sometimes held in connection with No Name Calling Day. Apparently initiated by the Governor’s Office in Massachusetts, the event is being celebrated at other locations: Indiana, Virginia and Wyoming.
- Day of Silence: The GLSEN Day of Silence is a student-led day of action when concerned students, from middle school through college, take a vow of silence to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment. The event is held in April each year.
- No Name Calling Week: Also hosted by GLSEN. A week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools
- Mix It Up: Is a program from Learning for Justice. Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign for students who want to cross the social boundaries that separate them from each other. The campaign is appropriate for grade school students. Free resources are available for using the program in a local school.