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Bully Prevention and Awareness

Educators can play pivotal roles in creating a healthy school and community climate that is free of bullying. By working together, educators, parents, concerned citizens, business leaders, advocates, and community members can support the implementation of bullying prevention programs, reinforce bullying prevention messages, and advocate for bullying policies to be implemented. This collaboration is critical as bullying happens everywhere that young people gather, including online, via text, and in social networks.


Engage Your School
The Illinois Federation of Teachers has launched a statewide anti-bullying campaign called “Join Hands to Stop Bullying!” The focus of this campaign is to empower students and adults to combat bullying by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. Order your FREE campaign toolkit today!

Join Hands to Stop Bullying Toolkit Includes:
  • 18x22 full color poster
    choose one of three (one for elementary and two for secondary grade levels)
  • "No Bullying" pledge bookmark
  • "No Bulling" classroom pledge
  • Downloadable activity and coloring pages
  • Downloadable social media graphic


Order today.
IFT members who are interested in ordering the "toolkit" should contact Benita Twillie at btwillie@ift-aft.org or 630/468-4080 for assistance.




Sign the Pledge
Every day we have the opportunity to make our schools (and our world!) a better place. Putting an end to bullying is everyone’s responsibility. Read the "Join Hands to Stop Bullying" pledge and join hundreds of students and adults from across the Illinois by signing the pledge today!


School-wide and Classroom Prevention
Educators can use these useful websites and activities in their classroom.

  • Bully Bust is a program by the National School Climate Center, Bully Bust includes a pledge to end bullying, activities, a partner school program, and an essay contest for teens.

  • The Committee for Children research-based STEPS TO RESPECT program teaches elementary students to recognize, refuse, and report bullying, be assertive, and build friendships.

  • DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. for teens and social change. Resources include action tips, how-to's and articles related to bullying as well as other social issues.

  • Incredible Years Program is an anti-aggression intervention for young children in preschool and early elementary schools that trains parents and teachers.

  • LIFT: Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers Program is geared to reduce the number of aggressive acts by children who are highly aggressive on the playground.
  • is a federal resource for communities working to prevent violence committed by and against young people.

  • No Bully® is a nonprofit agency working to end bullying and harassment of students in school communities. This site provides a wealth of information for educators, administrators, parents, counselors and survivors.

  • Not In Our School is a movement of students and teachers from across the country that are sharing stories, joining together and taking action to create safe schools, free from stereotypes, intolerance, and hate. In this 3 minute video with accompanying lesson plan, students map bully zones to create a safer school.

  • The Olweus [pronounced Ol-VEY-us] Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. Its goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school.

  • The Safe School Ambassadors ® (SSA) Program empowers leaders from diverse groups and cliques on campus and equips them with nonviolent communication and intervention skills to stop bullying and violence among their peers.

  • StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.

  • Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts.

  • The U.S. Department of Education and its Safe and Supportive Technical Assistance Centerhave created a free, state-of-the-art training for classroom teachers on bullying. The two-part training aims to help teachers know the best practices to stop bullying on the spot and how to stop it before it starts. The training toolkit consists of PowerPoints, trainer guides, handouts, and feedback forms that school districts, schools, and teachers can use free of charge.

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