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Social Stories on Bullying

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Bullying is a serious issue in schools. Some teachers use social stories to teach students about bullying. Here are some sample social stories on bullying that you can use or adapt for your class.

Bullying Prevention

There is a big push in school systems to eradicate bullying, and for good reason. Bullying can be physically, emotionally and psychologically damaging. Schools use many tactics to teach students about how to recognize and prevent bullying.

One tool that can be used is social stories. Social stories use simple, relatable scenarios to introduce students to desirable and undesirable behaviors. The social stories in this lesson can serve as a starting point if you want to use social stories with your students.

Social Stories on Bullying

Don't Be a Bully

My brother is scared of bullies. My teacher tells us not to be bullies. My principal gave a speech against bullying last week. I didn't understand, so I asked my Dad.

Dad said that a bully is someone who tries to hurt someone else and make them feel bad. A bully is often bigger, older, or stronger than the person they hurt. Bullying means picking on someone over and over again. Bullying is a terrible thing to do to someone.

I told Dad that I don't want to be a bully. I asked Dad what I should do.

Dad said that the very best thing to do is to treat other people the way I want them to treat me. If I wouldn't like someone to do something or say something to me, I shouldn't do it or say it either.

Dad said I can show people respect. That means believing that every person is important and valuable, and treating them that way. If someone is important and valuable, I won't say mean things or take what is theirs or hurt them on purpose.

I am going to try hard not to be a bully.

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