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Anti-Bullying Campaign Ideas

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

An anti-bullying campaign can bring a school community together, and get students actively involved in the fight to put an end to bullying. From peer support systems to celebrating diversity, there's a lot we can do to prevent or reduce bullying.

Anti-Bullying Campaign Ideas

Bullying can be hugely detrimental to kids of all ages. Although statistics vary, some studies have suggested that at least 150,000 kids stay at home due to the fear of bullying each day in the United States, and over a third of kids experience it at one time or another. This is particularly bad when you consider that people who are bullied can be as much as nine times more likely to consider suicide, have greater rates of alcohol and drug abuse, greater risk of depression and anxiety, and it can even lead to lower grades in school. The evidence is mounting that bullying is hugely damaging and must be stopped at all costs.

One of the best ways to approach bullying is to run an anti-bullying campaign cohesively across an entire school . If the whole community steps up and says that it is not acceptable, then the social pressure can change and turn against bullying instead of supporting it. There are many ways that we can make a fun and engaging anti-bullying campaign. In this lesson, we'll describe a few of those possible ideas.

Peer Support System

One of the most effective ways to prevent bullying is by instituting a strong peer support system. An anti-bullying campaign is the perfect time to discuss such possibilities with students, give them a stake in how they work, and get the whole school involved. Instituting a peer support system can start with training on what to do about bullying as a victim and as a bystander. A whole school can go through this training.

However, peer support systems must be something that is put in place which lasts well beyond the campaign itself. It can involve having a student council that responds to cases of bullying and could even be involved in determining punishments for bullies who are caught. It can involve peer mentoring programs that help young and less confident students who may be targets of bullies improve their confidence, and find ways to respond to the challenges they might face. This kind of mentoring program is often best when it involves pairing up freshman with older students like juniors or seniors so that they can pass down the anti-bullying culture in the school, and help deal with bullying behavior they see.

More simply, it might involve a buddy scheme where people who are victims of bullying get escorted by other students from place to place, providing strength in numbers, and providing a witness for any bullying behavior that occurs. Finally, peer support can be as simple as wearing anti-bullying bracelets or badges around school as a reminder to those who might try to bully people that it is not acceptable in their community.

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