Bullying Prevention Toolkit

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and ENACT is as dedicated as ever to increasing awareness, conversations, and prevention of bullying, social combat, and aggressive behavior among students.

what adults should know

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Remember, for years ENACT has offered various workshops and institutes within schools for students, parents, and teachers which offer creative approaches to understanding, preventing, and responding to bullying.

Click HERE for more information or Contact: info@ENACT.org

Get The Facts

The more you know about bullying the better prepared you are to help a student in need. See below for quick statistics, information, and understanding.

Bullying Basics

Brief Definitions:

Verbal Bullying: Using words, conversations, and verbal communication

Physical Bullying: Using physical violence/aggression or the threat of physical violence/aggression

Relational (Social): Using social connections as a way to bully, influencing others against the victim, and purposefully impacting social relationships

Cyber*: Using social media, apps, and websites as a means to harass and bully

*some resources will list “property damage” instead of “Cyber”, but we have seen and heard from our students over the years that cyber-bullying is real and as harmful as ever.

What Adults Should Know

If you have, teach, or interact with students you can be an important resource to help prevent bullying, respond to aggressive acts, or support students impacted by it. See below for more information and important facts all adults should know.

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While peers can be strong allies in derailing bullying behavior, students need a guiding force. Remember to talk often with your students about the effects of bullying.

Open conversations and empathetic understanding can help prevent behavior that may lead to bullying.

There are never any “winners” in bullying situations and bullying behaviors are often the result of of insecurities, fear, and potentially trauma.


Students Report the Most Harmful Things Adults Can Do Are:

  • Tell students to handle the problem by themselves
  • Tell students bullying wouldn’t happen to them if they behaved differently
  • Telling students to stop “tattling”
  • Ignoring what is going on

Davis & Nixon, 2010


Resources

 


For years, ENACT has responded to bullying issues by offering various workshops and institutes within schools for students, parents, and teachers. These workshops offer creative approaches to understanding, preventing, and responding to bullying.

We would love to work with you to find the right creative solution for your needs. Click HERE for more information or Contact: info@ENACT.org


If you or somebody else is at risk of immediate harm CALL 911.

If you are being harassed or bullied, find a parent, teacher, or trusted adult to talk to. Look HERE for more suggestions for what to do during and after an incident.

If you need to help a student find someone to talk to, Boys Town offers a free and confidential hotline staffed by trained counselors.

How can you learn more, get support, or find community?

StopBullying.gov

The Bully Project

National Bullying Prevention Center

Born This Way Foundation-Dedicated to building kinder communities and improving mental health resources

It Gets Better Project-Resources for LGBTQ+ youth

Additional Cited Resources:

National Center for Education Statistics, 2016

National Association of School Psychologists

Center for Disease Control 2014 & 2017 (updated from 2015 cite)

Davis & Nixon, 2010

 

2018 Welcome Back Letter from Diana

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I would like to welcome you all back to a new school year after a wonderful milestone anniversary last year for ENACT. Wow! Over 30 years and going strong. With your help, we raised money to provide healthy after-school snacks for our students last year.  We celebrated the students who make our program shine and showed appreciation for the parents, teachers and staff who help our students every day.  Our year culminated in our annual spring performance of Show UP!, featuring students from our year-long dropout prevention program and led by our team of professional actors and drama therapists.

As most of you already know, ENACT uses the power of drama to inspire compassion and empathy in youth as they learn critical social and emotional skills. Our dedicated staff members emphasize self-awareness as a first step to behavior change and positive decision making, both in school and life.  This past Show UP! highlighted content generated by the students and focused on the overwhelming issues that impact our youth in today’s political climate. With their emphasis on safety and resilience during such unsure times, the students inspired all those in attendance to emulate their sense of hope and strength.

Show UP! was introduced by Council Member Daniel Dromm; Hawk Newsome, President of Black Lives Matter Greater New York Chapter; and Cynthia Germanotta, Co-Founder of Born This Way Foundation (Lady Gaga’s mother).

Helping students identify critical life issues and learn to voice their concerns in an empowered manner align perfectly with the Born This Way mission. That’s why we were thrilled when, after seeing Show UP!, the Born This Way team asked us to be a featured partner in their 21 Days to Be Kind Challenge, which encourages all participants to practice an act of kindness daily for the first three weeks of September.  Check it out on our social media and below in “What’s New”!  You might just want to join the Challenge

At the end of last school year, we honored ten senior teaching artists who have worked with me for over 20 years! Our roster of dedicated facilitators also includes 50 highly trained teaching artists and drama therapists. We are delighted that most of this team returns to start a new school year with us this fall.  I am also happy to announce that Greg Cox joined our team this summer, as an experienced COO who is eager to help us set goals that ensure ENACT’s mission reaches more students and continues to have the transformative impact that will always be our hallmark.

Speaking of goals, I am proud that ENACT reached and exceeded most of last year’s targets, including an increased number of teacher and parent workshops, the creation of parent and teacher advisory teams and training a new cohort of teaching artists with an emphasis on understanding and addressing trauma as it is expressed through behavior. We aimed to spread our expertise beyond our schools through publications, institutes, and conferences both nationally and internationally. This year alone we have been invited to present at 8 conferences, hosted 4 specialized Training Institutes, facilitated multiple New York City district-wide workshops, and have two new articles in-review for peer reviewed journals.

So now what?  Well, our current political climate does not seem to have helped improve student learning.  Those who are already marginalized demonstrate that they feel less safe and protected from their already precarious living situations.  Our students face trauma ranging from neighborhood violence to homelessness to bullying of all sorts. Teachers report that students’ behavior interferes with their own sense of safety.  They need more classroom management tools, and guns are not the answer!  The good news is that teachers, some traumatized themselves from the feeling of burnout and overwhelm, can learn tools and gain the support they need with ongoing training while simultaneously having fun and tapping into their own creativity.

Our plans for this year include:

  • Finding new ways to expand nationally and internationally to support teachers and students through new uses of technology.
  • Updating our curriculum with a focus on current issues such as cyber-bullying, diversity/acceptance issues, and violence prevention.
  • Publishing additional journal articles and resources with accessible tools.

Finally, I am always reminded of the many challenges that can fall back into our students’ laps as the school year begins.  I know we will all continue to find ways to spread the message of creating safe and supportive classrooms.  We care about (and dare I say “love”) our youth, which keeps us all going.  I am proud of our community and our belief that helping others can only mean helping ourselves. We look forward to connecting with each of you to continue to make a dramatic difference in our students’ lives.

Warmly,

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Diana Feldman

Founder, CEO