Anti-Bullying Contract for Elementary Students

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

When students take ownership of an issue, they are more likely to follow through. This lesson offers ideas for how to build an anti-bullying contract with your students so that they will take ownership of the process and its result.

Anti-Bullying Contract: Taking Ownership

Have you ever written up an informal contract with someone? Or, maybe just tried to get others to agree to ground rules for an event or a game? If so, you may have noticed that the people you were contracting with failed to sign or follow through on the terms of the agreement. You may have also noticed that if you simply made the rules to an event or a game yourself and communicated them to the other participants, the reaction was not positive.

Basically, human nature makes it difficult for us to have other people dictate our behaviors. Elementary students feel no differently. So, when trying to get elementary students on board with an anti-bullying contract, it's best to encourage them to take ownership of the agreement by getting them involved in the preparation of the document itself. If students feel as if they have written the contract, then they will be more likely to follow through with actionable aspects of the document, even when they're not being supervised.

This lesson will review the major aspects of an anti-bully contract for elementary students and offer an example of a full contract.

Aspects of the Contract

An anti-bullying contract should have a definition of bullying, a section that outlines any direct bullying actions that a student promises not to do and a section identifying what a student promises to do if he or she is a witness to bullying.

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