National Bullying Prevention Month: Take Action Today, and Every Day

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

For many of us, this calls to mind questions like “How do I spot signs of bullying?,” “What do I do if my child is feeling pressured by bullying behavior at school?,” and “How can I teach my children to advocate for themselves and for others?”

Continue below for a variety of resources, appropriate for children grades Pre-K through 12, to help you strengthen your child’s ability to empathize, empower them to be a better “includer,” model kindness and respect, and—if the situation calls for it—action plans for addressing bullying.

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Listen, Talk & Learn

Speaking Out Against Unfairness | Meet the Helpers

Grades PreK-K
We can all be helpers by speaking up when something is unfair. Learn how in this video from Meet the Helpers.

Mark Ruffalo: Empathy | Sesame Street

Grades PreK-K
Learn language, vocabulary and listening comprehension with Sesame Street! In this clip, Mark Ruffalo and Murray teach us about the word empathy.

Power up with Self-Confidence! | GIRL Power!

Grades K-5
Everyone has the right to feel safe and valued! Watch as 14-year-old Chloe-Olivia shares how she uses music to build her self-confidence and express her feelings about being bullied.

Fighting Prejudice and Bullying | FILMS BYKIDS

Grades 6-12
When you go to school, everyone should be respected! Learn how anti-bullying activist Faiza Almontaser dealt with Islamophobia at school after her family immigrated to New York City from Yemen.

Combating Homophobia/Transphobia: Real-Time Tips

Grades 6-12
This educator resource focuses on the implications of homophobia/transphobia on the lives of those in the LGBTQ community, with video clips from First Person. Learn how to intervene in moments of discrimination and insensitivity, and discover the importance of community for LGBTQ youth. Support materials include discussion questions and a Real-Time Tips handout to help you better understand and combat homophobia/transphobia in your school.

Cyber-Bullying | KET Education

Grades 6-12
Only one in ten kids tells an adult they are experiencing cyber bullying. Here’s more on what constitutes cyber bullying, and what teachers, parents, and caregivers need to look for.

Action Plans for Addressing Bullying

What to Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied

Grades PreK-5
The signs of bullying can be difficult to spot. Watch for these red flags that could signal your child might be dealing with a bully — and learn what you can do to help resolve the situation.

What to Do When Your Child Is a Bully

Grades K-5
Hearing news of your child as a bully may be shocking. These six steps can help children reflect and build better behaviors.

How to Teach Your Child to Be An “Includer”

Grades K-5
How do you empower your child to be an “includer?” Follow these steps to teach your little one how to spread kindness and compassion and include others.

Helping Your Children Be Their Own Best Advocate

Grades K-5
Learn three ways you can help young children practice sticking up for themselves and advocate for their needs.

Books, Games & Activities

Daniel and His Friends

Grades PreK-K
In this interactive storybook, your child can read along with Daniel Tiger as he thinks about ways that he is different from his friends and ways that he is the same as his friends.

Room for Everyone: 10 Picture Books that Encourage Kindness

Grades PreK-4
As parents and educators, we can teach our children how to be kind to others by reading books that explore empathy, celebrate diversity, and encourage inclusivity. Here are ten books to get you started.

Kindness Bingo

Grades K-2
Encourage your child to be kind by completing “Kind Acts Bingo!” Sharing toys, mailing someone a letter or helping your teacher are all wonderful ways to be kind.

So Funny I Forgot to Laugh

Grades K-5
Explore the topic of empathy in this interactive comic, So Funny I Forgot to Laugh, based on the characters and storyline from Arthur. When Arthur takes his teasing too far, it upsets Sue Ellen. Can Arthur find a way to apologize for bullying Sue Ellen and save their friendship? 

Play Pretend: Practice Including Others

Grades K-5
Feeling left out by friends is a common and painful experience for young children. Using imaginary play, you can help your child work through the disappointment of being excluded — and learn to include others!

Crumpled Paper: Bullying Lesson Plan

Grades 3-12
When people experience bullying, the emotional scars sometimes never go away. This short yet powerful activity helps students understand the lasting impact of bullying.

Bullying: The Heart Exercise for Groups Lesson Plan

Grades 6-12
Help students recognize the power of words and stereotypes with this powerful lesson plan for groups. It helps students develop empathy for each other while sharing their own experiences.