Bullying and Name Calling
Taking a proactive approach to end bullying will positively affect every student in your school.
The Welcoming Schools approach to bullying includes specific attention to:
- the range of family diversity, including LGBT families,
- bias based bullying, including anti-LGBT slurs and put-downs and
- gender stereotyping within discussions of bullying.
- Make the most of Teachable Moments. Be prepared to respond to hurtful teasing and bullying.
- Check out Bias, Bullying and Bystanders: Tips for Elementary School Educators. [PDF]
- Check out What Do You Say to “That’s So Gay?” to see simple ways to interrupt hurtful behavior.
- Be prepared for students' questions or put-downs on gender.
- Use Welcoming Schools award-winning film, What Do You Know? as a starting point to discuss ways to stop bias-based hurtful teasing and bullying in your school.
- Organize evening events for parents and guardians to look at hurtful teasing and bullying and how students in elementary school.
- Help students become allies to one another through a lesson in “Making Decisions: Ally or Bystander [PDF].”
- Check out the lesson plans on bullying, gender and families. All are aligned with the Common Core Standards.
- Discover books that engage students in discussion on how to stop bullying.
- Check out Six Key Points on Bias, Bullying, and Schools. Or, take a look at the Research Basis for Safe and Welcoming Schools for some quick facts to highlight on the importance of a welcoming school for the academic achievement and emotional well-being of all children.
- Connect with a Welcoming Schools trainer or consultant in your area to start developing plans for your school or school district to specifically address bias-based and anti-gay teasing and bullying.
If your school already has an anti-bullying program or is planning to adopt one, you can integrate material from Welcoming Schools to enhance its impact on your school.