Bully prevention tools
The bullying issue
What works to stop bullying and what doesn't work
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Criminology, anti-bullying programs are having negative effects and actually making the bullying situation worse instead of better. Researchers found that in order for a bully prevention program to truly work it must change the school's climate. This means changing values and expectations of youth, teachers and school administration.
Articles based on the latest research
Key Club 's response to bullying
Key Club International is teaming up with Project Happiness. Project Happiness specializes in emotional resilience-building programs, which provide proven techniques to cultivate one's own authentic happiness drawing from the three pillars of Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness.
Through strength-based curriculum, Project Happiness is working to help create a world where:
- School bullying will no longer be a socially accepted behavior
- Young adults will be taught to know and value their passions and personal strengths, and become more compassionate to themselves and others
- Building one’s character will be as important as building one’s resume
- Success will be measured by the degree to which we experience meaningful, fulfilling lives (not just by our job titles and credentials)
Learn more about Key Club's effort to spread happiness and nurture growth of kindness, compassion and empathy.
Builders Club members can spread Happiness too
Creating a happier school environment is a good thing. Science says that happier students:
- Handle stress better
- Discover smart ways to help themselves and their friends
- Have healthier, more positive relationships
- Bully less and are nicer to be around
- Sleep better at night
- Have an easier time learning new things
- Accomplish more
Who wouldn't want some of this? Here are things you can do at school to increase happiness.
Organize a school employee appreciation day. Honor the people who make a difference in your school community that don't usually get recognition. Janitors, cafeteria employees, secretaries, school nurses, and counselors.
Change the school cafeteria into a coffee house. Set-up a small stage in one section of the cafeteria. Promote the coffee house ahead of time and schedule guitarist, ukulele players, etc. to sit and play nicely during lunch while everyone eats. Make posters to post around the cafeteria giving it a coffee house look. Place thank you notes and messaging on each of the cafeteria tables.
Leave your hand print. Cut out paper hand prints. Distribute these to students and ask them to write down how they hope to leave their hand print (make a difference) in the world. Post all the hand prints on a prominent wall at school, using painters tape to adhere the hand prints.
Create happy announcements. Use the helpful information you learn in the Project Happiness Handbook to write informative messaging to be included in with morning announcements each morning. Tips to help students begin their own happiness journey.
Start a Circle of Happiness. Download a free Circle Kit from the Project Happiness website and start a Circle of Happiness at school or in the community. These materials will help you discover proven ways to thrive and grow sustainable happiness habits. Helpful online resources make inviting others to participate easy.
Check out other amazing Key Club / Project Happiness resources.