BULLYING HURTS | Digital Communications Production Team; Pennsylvania

2023 Top Winner Teens, NBPC’s Students with Solutions Contest

Students chose to participate in creating this film as their first project in their video production unit. They gathered up a team of peers to collaborate on the project. This teamwork allowed students to openly discuss the issues presented in the video script and truly helped steer the course of the project. Bullying is a universal issue in schools across the country. This unique opportunity to collaborate on an important issue was an incredibly positive experience for our students.

STOP THE BULLY | “Stop the Bully” Team; Massachusetts

2023 Top Winner Teens, NBPC’s Students with Solutions Contest

We are a team of 4th, 5th, and 7th graders from Massachusetts who have all seen bullying firsthand and would like to do whatever we can to stop it. A piece of advice we would give to people trying to be part of this cause would be to first start standing up for themselves and be vocal about it. Schools should provide an open culture and environment, where kids won’t hesitate to take help from peers and adults when bullied.

Crafting Friendships Through Kindness | Outspoken Oaks Upstanders, River Oaks Academy

A couple of years ago, there was a cyberbullying incident in our school. After the incident, we created a group to help make others aware of the effects of bullying and how to prevent it. Bullying prevention is important because nobody deserves to be bullied. It makes that person feel alone and depressed. It’s important to accept people for who they are so this way we can learn from our differences and commonalities.

Supporting a Peer Experiencing Bullying – Student Response | PACERTalks About Bullying: Season 3, Ep. 16

Ways to Support a Peer – 60 Second Response | PACERTalks About Bullying: Season 3, Ep. 15

Teens Talk About Advocacy | PACERTalks About Bullying: Season 2, Episode 25

High school students share their opinions on why it’s important to advocate for yourself, and for your peers who might be experiencing bullying.

I Care Because – Being Yourself | PACERTalks About Bullying: Season 2, Episode 22

“I Care Because” section features statements from individuals around the world, sharing why they care about bullying prevention. In this episode teens read and respond to one of these statements about uniqueness and being yourself.

Conversations About Bullying | PACERTalks About Bullying, Episode 31

In this week’s episode of PACERTalks About Bullying, middle and high school students talk about conversations around bullying. It’s not always easy to know what to say in a bullying situation, but the more you think about it, the more prepared you might be.

What Should You Do? Inclusion | PACERTalks About Bullying, Epsiode 29

“What Should You Do?” is the last installment this month for the theme of inclusion. In this week’s episode of PACERTalks About Bullying, elementary school students think about ways to respond to a situation involving a new student. They have some amazing insights and advice to share!

Student Interview: The Importance of Inclusion | PACERTalks About Bullying, Episode 28

The conversation about inclusion continues with this week’s installment of PACERTalks About Bullying. This week four students provide their perspective about inclusion and what they want others to know about this important topic.

What’s Inclusion and Why Does It Matter? | PACERTalks About Bullying, Episode 26

Learn how inclusion is defined and ways that we can all demonstrate it in our school and community.

What Should You Do? Peer Advocacy | PACERTalks About Bullying, Episode 24

Insights and advice from students as they think through how to respond to real life bullying situations. In this video middle school students from a “peer advocacy” group explore how to handle a scenario in which a student with down syndrome is being bullied.

Advocacy and Self-Advocacy | PACERTalks About Bullying, Episode 22

What does it mean to be an advocate for yourself as well as others, and how does that relate to bullying prevention?

What Should You Do? Ways to Be There | PACERTalks About Bullying, Episode 19

Insights and advice from students as they think through how to respond to real life bullying situations.

Student to Student Advice | PACERTalks About Bullying, Episode 12

High school students give advice to middle school students about bullying. They share their thoughts about the types of bullying that happens, as well as advice on what to do if you experience or witness bullying.

All About Confidence | PACERTalks About Bullying, Episode 11

Bullying often impacts a student’s self-confidence. In this episode we interviewed students to learn more about what confidence means to them and how to build up confidence in yourself and others.

Imma Listen

“Imma Listen” is a music video created by Taylor Zank. The inspiration to create the project came from his personal experience. The video briefly portrays the life of Simmie, a student dealing with a rough emotional situation, both at home and at school. After being bullied by other kids, the student tries to talk to his father about the difficulty he is experiencing, but his father isn’t willing to hear about it and brushes him off. The following day, a teacher notices Simmie in the hallway looking obviously distraught and takes the time to pull him aside and figure out what’s going on. After having a chance to express what he was going through to an adult figure and talk it out with the teacher, Simmie returns to school with a newfound confidence, and uses what he learned from the situation to help another student who is dealing with a similar experience. The video is meant to compel adults and students alike to reach out to those that we notice are clearly dealing with something, even if we don’t know them, and let them know that we are there for them and that they are not alone.

Classroom Discussion Questions

Bullies and Bystanders: What Teens Say

What is bullying? Bullying is all about power, and one person or group of people using their power—whether it’s physical strength, popularity or sharing embarrassing photos or information—to control or harm someone else. It can take place in person or online. Unfortunately, bullying is a fact of life for many kids and teens; research suggests almost half of teens have experienced through their cell phone or on-line in the past year.

Never Ever

This video is dedicated to all the kids that stand up to bullying and those who choose to make a difference in the lives of kids who are bullied.

Project Rockit | PACER Talks About Bullying: Season 2, Episode 4

Staff from Project Rockit, an Australian organization that focuses on youth-drive movements against bullying, provides an international look at bullying.