Bullying Prevention Unit

The Power to Create a Positive School Climate

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Schoolwide Improvement

It’s never too early to provide students and staff with tools to prevent bullying, both in your school and in the community. Based on the latest field research, the Second Step® Bullying Prevention Unit teaches Kindergarten–Grade 5 students how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying.


Lifelong Success

As students master these crucial skills, educators and school staff learn to recognize and respond appropriately when they observe bullying or receive a bullying report, all while gaining insight into teaching the unit to children.


Who Is the Bullying Prevention Unit For?

Building on the fundamentals of the Second Step® family of social-emotional learning (SEL) programs, we developed the Bullying Prevention Unit with age-appropriate lessons for elementary classrooms (Kindergarten–Grade 5).

Why Choose the Second Step® Bullying Prevention Unit?

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    Research Based

    Training, lessons, and family resources developed to put research-based strategies in the hands of educators to create spaces safe for learning.
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    Integrated Approach

    Via online training, school staff learn to work with all students involved in bullying, including bystanders, for an improved school climate.

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    Helps Build Trust

    When all staff learn how to recognize and respond to bullying effectively, students understand that they can trust staff to deal with it appropriately.

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    Engaging Lesson Videos

    Available to stream or play from a DVD

    With the help of acclaimed author Trudy Ludwig, we’ve woven engaging live action and animated videos into every lesson.

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    Reaches Families

    Family materials extend lessons beyond the classroom and help families distinguish between peer conflict and bullying.

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    Easy to Implement

    The Bullying Prevention Unit includes principal resources, staff training, and student lessons to help everyone learn bullying prevention techniques.

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Relationships are so key in solving bullying issues. Kids love to trust that the adult cares. That's why it's so important that every single adult in a building has the strategy and the knowledge to listen to a student and validate what they're saying.

Kim Bilanko, Principal, Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Kirkland, WA

Lesson Samples

Explore the breadth of lessons, activities, and take-home materials in the Bullying Prevention Unit. Combined, these pieces create a comprehensive program to help educators prevent bullying throughout the school.

Sample Materials from Grade 5, Lesson 3: Bystander Responsibility
Sample Materials from Grade 2, Lesson 3: Refusing Bullying
Bullying Prevention Unit for Kindergarten

Staff Training

The Bullying Prevention Unit truly starts with training for all staff, with the following online training modules.

  • Module 1

    *Principals and Program Coordinators (45–60 minutes) *
    Module 1 helps principals and program coordinators understand the adult/student relationship, refine and communicate their bullying policies and procedures, and communicate with families.

  • Module 2

    *All Staff Training (75–90 minutes) *
    Module 2 guides all school staff through scenarios that teach them how to recognize, respond to, and report bullying, and then make a plan for how to handle incidents.

  • Module 3

    *Teach the Lessons (45–60 minutes) *
    Module 3 provides teachers and counselors with valuable instruction about teaching the lessons, following through, and involving families.

View a Sample from Module 2

The Bullying Prevention Unit features training modules to help staff develop ways to effectively identify and deal with bullying throughout the school. Staff education is easy to implement and will help make a difference in students’ lives.

Try Out the Sample Training Scenario

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Getting Started

Are you ready to take the next step toward a safer and more positive school climate? Make the most of our award-winning curriculum with the how-tos and tips in our guide, Getting Started with the Second Step® Bullying Prevention Unit.

Additional Resources

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    Research Based

    Research continues to show that bullying negatively affects the social, emotional, and academic health of all involved—victims, offenders, and bystanders. We’re committed to translating up-to-date and reliable research into tools schools can easily integrate into creating safe and successful learning environments.

    • Review of Research  
      As with all of our programs, we’ve designed the Bullying Prevention Unit based on best practices according to current, reliable research in the field. Learn more about the research that informed the design and content of this highly effective program. See Research Summary (PDF)  

    • “Bullying Prevention in Schools Starts with SEL”  
      This white paper highlights research showing that effective bullying prevention requires a multi-pronged approach that starts with social-emotional learning (SEL).  
      Download White Paper in English (PDF)

  • Alignment Charts

    Alignment Charts

    Academic Standards  
    Find out how the Bullying Prevention Unit complements academic standards, frameworks, and practices, including Common Core and McREL.  
    See Chart (PDF)  

    Anti-Bullying Legislation  
    Learn how the Bullying Prevention Unit aligns with common anti-bullying laws, including those pertaining to school policies, professional development, parent education, and student education.  
    See Connections  

    Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools  
    See how Second Step programs support trauma-informed practices to create a climate of social-emotional safety in schools.  
    See Chart (PDF)

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Resources for Families

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    Family Letters

    Keep families informed about classroom instruction and help them actively participate with online family resources.

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    Take-Home Activities

    Encourage family discussions and help students reinforce skills with these Take-Home Activities.

    Sample Take-Home Activity (PDF)

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    Book List for Kids
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