Bullying is a big problem in schools today, but fortunately there are great resources available to do something about it. We wanted to share this fantastic resource available free to schools: a 40 minute documentary film, Bullied, available from Teaching Tolerance (http://www.tolerance.org/bullied). This documentary chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers and sends an inspiring message of hope to those being bullied toady. Also available is a free downloadable teaching guide to go along with the video that includes both classroom activities and a guide schools and districts on bullying.
Some interesting bullying statistics from the teaching guide:
• An estimated 160,000 US students skip school each day to avoid being bullied.
• Behaviors commonly associated with bullying include impulsiveness, disliking school and getting in trouble often; most bullies have confidence and high self-esteem
• 35% of 9th graders believe their teachers are interested in trying to stop bullying
For more resources to educate students about the danger in bullying and cyberbullying (bullying through the use of the Internet, mobile phones, or other electronics), see these LZE products: