International Bullying Prevention Association

Using Literature and Film to Generate Empathy in Students


8th of March 2018

Using Literature and Film to Generate Empathy in Students

by Michael Buchanan In Star Trek IV, Spock is asked multiple academic questions by a computer. Of course, he gets them all correct. The next question is, “How do you feel?” and Spock is stumped. His mother tells him, “You’re part human, Spock. Don’t ever forget your emotions.” I mention this scene as indicative of […]

Anti-bullying laws and youth violence in the United States: A longitudinal evaluation of efficacy and implementation

By Marizen Ramirez, PhD (University of Minnesota) and Mark Hatzenbuehler, PhD (Columbia University). Bullying is the most common form of youth violence in the United States and is associated with numerous adverse outcomes for youth. While all 50 states have enacted anti-bullying legislation, there is a lack of research that evaluates whether these laws are […]

18th of February 2018

School districts turn to technology to combat bullying

By Alison DeNisco District Administration, January 2018 12/19/2017 Nevada recently launched an online reporting system for parents and students, joining a handful of other states and districts in efforts to combat bullying. Colorado was first to create an online bullying reporting tool in 2004, five years after the Columbine shooting. Since then, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah and Michigan […]

20th of December 2017

KIND Campaign

Staff and students are determined to make a difference at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Fenton, MI.  Student Molly Killian decided that she wanted to start a program to help students recognize that they can make a difference with one act of kindness at a time!  Staff and students were excited to start […]

8th of September 2017

Book of the month by Dr. Kortney Peagram

UnSelfie: Why Empathic Kids Succeed in Our All About Me World, by Michelle Borba Ed. D. As an avid reader and educator, I am constantly looking for tools, strategies and new resources to help me add to my anti-bullying and social emotional learning (SEL) programs. I was captivated the minute I started to read UnSelfie. […]

“Mind The Gaps” To Create Compassionate Schools

Encouraging Empathy Between Generations of Educators When I speak about preventing bullying, I encourage schools to create a “culture of compassion.” A big piece of this is helping students learn to see from each others’ points of view and treat one another better. But just as big a piece is helping the adults do the […]

18th of August 2017

Bullying Prevention in Pennsylvania

Across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania school leadership face various challenges to strategically plan for school climate improvement.  Following wide-scale implementation of comprehensive approaches, schools continue to articulate the need to “do something” to prevent and respond to bullying.  The STAR document contains four levels of bullying prevention practices and provides school building level leadership with […]

10th of August 2017

Bully Free Starts With Me

As a young child I was diagnosed with a severe food allergy to peanuts. I could not touch, breathe, or be in the same room as peanuts. I grew up knowing what I could and could not eat, and how to handle situations around me. As I got older it became harder and harder. Peers […]

5th of June 2017

Blue Whale Challenge

Written by Dr. Justin Patchin, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, When you sign up for the “Blue Whale Challenge,” you are given a series of tasks over a period of 50 days. One day you could be told to watch a scary movie at 4:20am, while on another you might be required to […]

24th of January 2017

Roll Out the Welcome Mat

As educators, we know that creating a culture of inclusivity on school campuses is a key factor in preventing bullying. However, sometimes we focus so much on creating this culture among students that we forget about another critical group: parents. When I was teaching in a low-performing school in San Diego, one afternoon, the mother […]