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Bullying Prevention Lessons

October is National Bullying Prevention Month!


~Please wear blue on October 1 for awareness~

Your student can wear a blue GVA shirt, blue tights or leggings, blue bows, blue sweatshirt, blue shoes, etc, as long as it following the GVA dress code.


Once a week, for the month of October, students will participate in Second Step lessons addressing bullying. Each lesson will also have a Home Link that can be completed with you. Home link codes can be found on the most recent School Counseling Newsletter. Please visit secondstep.org for Home Link access.


Week of October 1:

Kindergarten - 3rd

Lesson topic: Recognizing Bullying

Why this lesson matters: Clarifying what bullying is and how it is both harmful and against the rules empowers students to avoid bullying others and to respond appropriately if they witness or experience bullying. This stops bullying from being accepted as normal. It also helps bullied students understand that bullying is wrong and they don’t deserve to be bullied, which can reduce the emotional harm they suffer.


Week of October 8:

Kindergarten - 3rd

Lesson topic: Reporting bullying

Why this lesson matters: By definition, a student who is being bullied has limited power to make it stop. Preventing and addressing bullying is the responsibility of the adults in the school. But adults are often unaware of bullying. This lesson reinforces the message that students must report bullying and that when they do, adults will help them. It also helps students practice reporting, so it is easier to report to an adult when real bullying happens.


This lesson also makes it clear to students that reporting bullying is not the same as tattling and that it is their job to help keep themselves and others safe by reporting bullying.


October 15-19: FALL BREAK!


Week of October 22:

Kindergarten - 3rd

Lessons Topic: Refusing bullying

Why this lesson matters: This lesson reinforces the importance of reporting and adds a focus on helping students learn to use their assertiveness skills to report bullying. Students learn that reporting bullying is important because adults should both intervene directly and help them figure out and practice how to respond effectively. Research shows that students can reduce their chances of being bullied in the future by responding assertively. This helps students see that they can get help and help themselves, and that doing both is often the best way to handle bullying.


Week of October 29

Lesson topic: Bystander power

Why this lesson matters: One reason students bully is for the effect is has on bystanders. Students can gain social status through bullying by looking tough or cool, making others laugh, or showing that they have power. Because of the power differential in bullying, students have limited ability to make it stop. Because bullying often pays off in social or other ways, it can be hard to change the behavior of students who bully. But research shows that changing how bystanders react is a powerful way to reduce bullying.