Bullying Prevention Starts with the Power of Words: A Printout for Students

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October is Bullying Prevention Month
Blog and Poems by Bruce Cabell

The Impact!

Bullying continues to be an enormous problem. With 95% of U.S. teens connected to the Internet and over 59% being cyber-bullied during their lifetime, there seems to be no end in sight.

Furthermore, the impact of school and cyber-bullying causes long-term emotional damage. Children can experience mental health issues such as depression, loneliness, and decreased academic achievement. What’s the answer?

Poetry Matters

There’s no simple solution to any form of bullying. However, integrating Social-Emotional Learning into daily routines is a beginning. In fact, poetry can enhance social-emotional learning as well as strengthen resilience and understanding. Engaging children in a discussion about poem themes, messages, and vocabulary can be both thought-provoking and enlightening. 

Print this infographic to share with your students

Whether or not children have experienced the effects of bullying, discussing the topic through poetry is one avenue leading to perseverance and healing. Immersing children in poems — helping them embody the meaning and power of words — provides a shoulder for them to lean on. Each poem will take root in mind, heart, and spirit – helping children live the healthy and successful life they deserve.  

With this in mind, print, read and discuss the following poems. Enhance children’s inner strength, knowledge, and well-being through the Power of Words.

Download and print the PDF  or Right-click and save the graphic below:




Respectful Ways offers social-emotional learning programs for three grade levels: PreK-2, 3-5, and 6-12. Counselors and educators use interactive, digital modules to teach compassion, perseverance, respect and responsibility, as well as Conflict Resolution, Emotional Regulation, Mental Health, Personal Safety, and Trauma-Affected Students.

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