Updated November 2016. Bullying is receiving increased attention. We highlight resources most useful for faith communities.
Picture books can begin conversation with children. Picture Book Theology explores several prominent titles, including Say Something by Peggy Moss. The Families All Matter Book Project suggests books and guides discussion on ten diversity issues. I’m Your Neighbor presents books that build bridges between “new arrivals” and “long-term communities.”
Confirm not Conform presents resources for Offering an Intergenerational Anti-Bullying Workshop, including Where All Can Safely Live, a free downloadable intergenerational curriculum from Reconciling Works: Lutherans for Full Participation.
Lee Hirsch’s acclaimed Bully (PG-13) follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Intimate and shocking, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide, and a 14-year-old girl incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. The films’ website offers a film guide and toolkits for educators, parents, students, and special needs. The following are particularly helpful tools:
What is Bullying?
Student Discussion Action Guide
Internet Safety Strategies for Youth
Ten Ways to be an Upstander
What Do You Say To ‘That’s So Gay’…
The Parent Action Toolkit
Ten Actions ALL Parents Can Take to Help Eliminate Bullying
Cyberbullying Prevention and Intervention Tips for Families
Creating Just and Caring Communities: A Roadmap for Parents
When the Advice is Ineffective
The film’s companion book offers deeper resources, including an extensive list of websites. Among them is the federal government site, Stop Bullying.
Teaching Tolerance lists a wide selection of anti-bullying resources. Common Sense Media collects resources on cyberbullying. Free Spirit publishes resources on bullying prevention and conflict resolution.
One World, One Heart Beating presents Bullying Awareness Lesson Plans.
In the New York Times, Andrew Solomon reviews Emily Bazelon’s Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House, 2013). This short video clip from Bazelon is a useful beginning for conversation in community. Her book joins several other recent volumes: Carrie Goldman’s Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear (HarperOne, 2012) and Barbara Coloroso’s The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander (William Morrow, 2009) are fine recommendations for parents. Rosalind Wiseman has written many resources on Creating a Culture of Dignity.
The RCC has long recommended Bullied from Teaching Tolerance, Let’s Get Real from Groundspark, Stop Bullying: Standing Up for Yourself and Others from Paraclete, and Bullying: What Every Adult Needs to Know, also from Paraclete. Church is a vital context for education around bullying. Contact the RCC to access resources or consult.