• Guidance Lessons


    October Guidance Lessons

    October is National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month.

    Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

    There are several types of bullying:

    Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes: teasing, name-calling, taunting, threatening to cause harm

    Social bullying is sometimes referred to relational bullying, involves someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes: leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about someone, embarrassing someone in public.

    Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes hitting/kicking/pinching, spitting, tripping/pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things, making mean or rude hand gestures.

    There are things you can do to keep yourself and the kids you know safe from bullying:

    • Treat everyone with respect
    • Stand up for others
    • Get involved in your school and community
    • Protect yourself from cyberbullying (bullying online or digital device)

    There are things you can do if you are being bullied:

    • look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice
    • if speaking up is too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back!
    • Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot

    Resources:

    For more information, you may visit the following websites

    https://www.stopbullying.gov/

    https://www.davidslegacy.org/

    In Kindergarten we learned how to be a buddy, a friend, and NOT a bully. We read the story, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat.

    In First grade we read a story title "Bully B.E.A.N.S." We learned that B.E.A.N.S. stands for Bullies Everywhere Are Now Stopped!

    In second grade we read the story, "The Juicebox Bully". This story helps empower kids to stand up to and for others.

    In grades 3-5, we read "My Secret Bully". This story shares how two girls, who have been friends since Kindergarten, aren’t getting along anymore. One of the girls is just plain mean! But with the help from an adult, the other student learns to cope and thrive by facing her fears and reclaiming her power from her bully.