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Many kids are not aware that their actions could be considered bullying. A siblings constant picking on their younger sib can actually inflict serious emotional damage.  Chap Clark, in his book, "Disconnected" (link below) says young adolescence "are just becoming somewhat aware that their lives impact others even as others impact them, but they don't have the energy or resources to care."
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There are two avenues to approach the crisis of bullying. The first is to raise the kids awareness about what constitutes bullying. The second is to give those being bullied the emotional resources to withstand the constant attacks.

Bullies Of The Bible:
bullies of the Bible

There are lots of examples of bullies in the Bible. Being a Christian has always marked a person as different. This lesson uses the examples of King Saul and David, and Zacchaeus. We discuss what constitutes bullying and why Christian kids are often the target of bullies. We consider Paul's direction to become imitators of God by being kind, compassionate, and forgiving.

This is a one page Bible lesson worksheet but you should allow 45 minutes for discussion.

291947: What Do I Do When: Teenagers Encounter Bullying and Violence? What Do I Do When: Teenagers Encounter Bullying and Violence?
By Youth Specialties

Explore bullying, violence, and aggression from the perspective of the victim and the aggressor. Discover how theology informs the issue, and what practical actions you can take to help stop the violence and heal the pain. Paperback.

Dealing With Bullies:
dealing with bullies

The Bible offers many great precepts for dealing with bullies and angry people. In this Bible lesson for teens we study how David, a lowly shepherd boy, deals with the epic bully Goliath. We do not recommend that kids hit a bully in the head with a rock but to "strengthen themselves in the Lord" (1 Samuel 30:6) as David did. The Bible actually more often suggests love, self-discipline, gentle answers, and choosing good friends. We encourage our kids to be sensitive to their consciences being influenced by the Holy Spirit. David also leaves revenge and justice in the hands of The Lord.

This Sunday school lesson is a good follow-up lesson to Bullies Of The Bible, shown above. It's a one page Bible lesson plan but you'll need at least 45 minutes.


 This compassionate and practical guide has become the groundbreaking reference on the subject of bullying. Click on book to buy from Barn's & Nobel.

712967: Faithgirlz! Girl Politics

Just $5.99 from Christian Book.com.  Click on book to order.

Faithgirlz! Girl Politics
By Nancy Rue / Zonderkidz

Yesterday you were BFFs, but today, when you sat down at the lunch table, she and all her other friends just got up and left without saying a word, then started to giggle as they walked away. Your teacher says ignore them, your mom says try and talk to her about it, and your dad says this is just what kids do.

Gossip. Teasing. Arguments. When does normal kid stuff cross the line to harmful behavior? Get the straight talk about friendship, cliques, and more in Girl Politics. You'll find the 411 on friends, bullies, and what to do when the girls you hang out with are both. Not only will you find survival skills to protect yourself from girls who are out to hurt you, you'll also get on how tips to make your real friendships even more amazing. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

Raising awareness to stop bullying:

Here is a link to a great website for resources concerned with bullying specifically for teen girls. "Many young women are bullies", the site states, "both in school and outside of school." The site supplies a bully quiz. Having kids think about whether their actions have ever repeatedly hurt someone can bring a new level of self-awarness that will decrease the amount of bullying in our schools today. Christian kids, having the Holy Spirit in their hearts, will quickly make the changes necessary to "love one another."  Frequently, they just need a simple "heads-up" to take note of their actions.

Here is a great link for Christian advice on how to deal with difficult people. Another good website is Teach Safe Schools.org.    Another solid 5 part blog with good information of bullying.

43364: No More Bullies: For Those Who Wound and Are Wounded  
In this powerful book, Frank Peretti shares his deeply personal story of growing up different, and the persecution he suffered because of it.

 

357020: To Save A Life, Blu-ray  

Addressing the real-life challenges of teens and choices they face, To Save A Life dares to ask, “What’s your life going to be about?”

 A gripping story on DVD.
27351EB: Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age - eBook  

Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age - eBook 


Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis
78822: My School Middle School Survival Series My School Middle School Survival Series
By Kurt Johnston & Mark Oestreicher / Zondervan

Piles of homework are just the beginning---add bullying, changing classrooms, and notorious phys. ed. courses, and middle school can get pretty scary. Johnston and Oestreicher show your students how to interact with different personalities; reveal the truth behind exaggerated or false "urban legends"; and offer survival tips on pop quizzes, tardiness, and other panic-inducing moments. 144 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

Cyber-bullying and Sexting:

Kids and adults alike have always had to deal with bullies in one form or another. What makes bullying more damaging these days is the advent of the internet and cell phone. Cyberbullying is hurting someone else over and over again through the Internet or a cell phone. Before a student harassed at school could find rest at home. Now the Internet and Cell phone have allowed bullying to be carried out non stop. Rumors posted on Facebook, embarrassing photos, angry e-mails, and vulgar twitter messages all contribute to a bullying epidemic.  Sadly our teens are paying a heavy price

If you are a teacher or involved with kids in any capacity you owe it to the kids to become informed about this threat and how to handle it. To read more visit my blog.

710364: Burst: Bullies and Mean Girls Leader"s Guide - Topics for Today"s Teens
Student workbooks also available.
Burst: Bullies and Mean Girls Leader's Guide - Topics for Today's Teens
By Kara Lassen Oliver / Abingdon Press

BURST: Bullies and Mean Girls addresses issues all-too familiar to today's youth. From the girls who use gossip to the boys who use physical threats (and vice versa), bullying is as rampant as ever. More information out there via social networking, texting, and even sexting means todays teens are vulnerable in new dangerous ways. This resource will be a short-term study on the relationships that use power to define roles in negative ways so that youth group participants will be able to identify, avoid, and heal from harmful situations while learning more about God's love for them and hopes for their lives.

Visit this link to review a definitive study by Harris Interactive commissioned by MaCafee entitled "Youth Online Behavior." Some of their interesting conclusions include: Boys are far more likely to be the perp and victim of physical bullying than girls. Girls are more likely to be victims of cyberbullying.

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. 

834247: How to Stay Christian in High School How to Stay Christian in High School
By Steve Gerali

It is tough being a Christian in today's high school environment, but it's worth it. Learn how many teens in the Bible also faced monumental issues and how you can be encouraged by their examples. You can stand strong and make a difference in your world!

Youth Bible Lessons that strengthen Christian kids against bullying:

Discussing bullying in your middle school Sunday school class helps kids feel that you are connected in a relative way to their everyday situations. It lets them know that there is one more supportive adult they can turn to for advice and wisdom. However, a single Bible lesson on Bullying will not provide the silver-bullet to vanquish the problem of bullying. Kids will be dealing with angry people and bullies all of their lives. Read the rest on my blog: Helping teens deal with bullies.

1 Samuel 30:6 "But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God."

Strengthening the kids in there faith will provide them the personal convictions necessary to stand up to attacks and harassment their whole lives. These lessons help do that:

The Beauty Inside, Conviction or Condemnation, I Am God's Son, In His Image

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