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We have found from administrators, teachers, and parents we have talked to around the country, that one of the most creative ways to divert bullying in elementary schools is to create a No Bully Zone.

  • At the beginning of the school year, tell your children that you are creating a No Bully Zone, and need their help.  Together, define what that means, and what behaviors are not allowed in that zone.
  • Make it a project with your children to make creative No Bully Zone signs.  Paste the signs everywhere, at eye level of your students.  Have fun with it.  One creative idea is to use the computer and the printer and make labels.  Give several to each child to adhere to their folders, notebooks, backpacks, and lunch pails.
  • Announce frequently and throughout the day that everybody present is in a No Bully Zone.  Ask your children what that means periodically.  If they don’t know, remind them.
  • Lay out consequences with your children of what will happen if they violate the agreement in the No Bully Zone.  Make sure everybody agrees, and stick to it. Be consistent. If they object at a later date, remind them that you all made the agreements together and it’s important to stick to them.
  • Teach your children that it’s ok to respond to bullying with “Please stop.  We’re in a No Bully Zone.”
  • Teach your children that it’s ok to tell an adult if another child is violating the No Bully Zone.  It does not make them a tattle tale.

Gakina-awiiya (We Are All Related),

Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree
www.thetalltrees.com

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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