Safe Schools Week Resources

Below find a wealth of teacher and administrator resources — lessons, games, handouts, videos and more.
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All About Caring

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image Scholastic All About CaringThis Pre-K Scholastic lesson includes using elements from Clifford’s Good Deeds and A Chair For My Mother to introduce the concepts or kindness and caring. It provides an avenue to teach developmentally appropriate social awareness.

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Caring as Classroom Practice

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image NCSS Caring Classroom Practice SELK-2 Caring for students requires more than a style of interaction. Children need real opportunities to develop their cognitive, social-emotional, and moral domains. “Five Strategies for Creating Caring” are included for teacher to use with their students.

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Games that Teach Sharing

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image PBS Games Teach SharingKET and Arthur teach sharing skills to young children. Whether it is playing in a group or using various activities to help kids develop the ability and willingness to share these games will support growth skills.

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Books About Sharing

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image Common Sense Media Books SharingCommon Sense Media for students PreK-2.  Learning to share can be tough for both siblings and friends. But sharing is a skill kids need for the classroom, the playground, and getting along at home. These books show — gently and with humor — how it’s done.

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5 Ways to Teach Kindness to Kids

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image Highlights Teach Kindness KidsHighlights Magazine article for parents (kids 6-12) explains 5 ways to teach kindness to our children. The more opportunities we give kids to show caring and concern for others, the greater the likelihood they will become the change agents they want to be, helping to create a kinder world.

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9 Tips for Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image PBS 9 Tips for Teaching Kindness

Fostering a culture of kindness enhances the connections made peer-to-peer and student to teacher. Carving out time to intentionally promote kindness cultivates empathy and understanding between individuals, leading to deeper relationships. One of the best ways to teach kindness in the classroom is to model being kind.

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Prevent Bullying and Show Kindness-Kindness Catcher

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National Bullying Prevention Center shows (upper elementary) students how make a “Kindness Catcher” – A fun way to gather ideas for being kind to others in a game format. Other activities are also located on this site.

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KCSS Empathy Website Page

SSW 2020 Resource Image KCSS EmpathyKCSS – This page includes some resources that are available that will hopefully help promote and incorporate empathy in your lessons as you make it an integral part of each school day. When others feelings become important their safety and well-being will be a priority. Resources listed include lessons, activities, kits, handouts, PowerPoints, videos and more.

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“Kindness Counts” Bookmarks

SSW 2020 Resource Image Kindness Counts BookmarksBookmarks are fun and they are a great way to encourage students with a theme. This Seuss inspired bookmark is for early elementary and rhymes. It promotes kindness and sharing. Every day, let’s enjoy reading and show kindness, helping make our schools a great place to learn and grow.

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Show Kindness Videos

SSI Bullying Website Image Foundation Better Life videosThe Foundation for a Better Life creates public service campaigns to communicate positive values. “Locker” – In this motivational commercial a boy is accosted by bullies at school, but pleasantly surprised when he is helped by another student. This models a positive example of reaching out to someone else in need. “Cafeteria” – Girls are sometimes more verbally aggressive and this commercial shows how a new student is mistreated, just because she is new. On a positive note, she is rescued by a student doing the right thing by making a choice to treat her with respect.

Cyber Bullying - Kindness

SSI Bullying Website Image NetSmartzNetSmartz – 19% of teens report having been bullied either in person, online, by text, or by phone. Half of bullied teens say they were bullied in multiple ways. Resources to help deal with cyberbullying – such as “Cyberbullying Unplugged (PDF)”.

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Internet Kindness

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(KCSS) (From the Ad Council-YouTube videos)

The Kitchen (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
Talent Show (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
Bulletin Board (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
Everyone Knows Your Name (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
General Writing Prompt (handout)

Cyberbullying Research Center

SSI Cyber Bullying Website Image Cyberbullying Research CenterThe Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.

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Life’s Little Lessons

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image PBS Life's Little LessonsPBS and Daniel Tiger teach Preschoolers about alike and different. As early childhood teachers, we are in an important position to help young children understand that people are alike in some ways and different in other ways. We want to do our best to show them and teach them that we need to respect and be neighborly to everyone.

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Learn R.E.S.P.E.C.T. with the WonderGrove Kids!

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image YouTube Learn RespectThis WonderGrove Kids Video emphasizes respect on the playground for elementary school aged students. Treating others with respect is so important. The kids and this video explain how others should be treated.

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Resilience Quiz - Arthur

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image Arthur Resilience Quiz Ten resilience quiz questions to ask younger students from Arthur…
Questions are multiple choice and could be completed on computers in a lab and discussed in class. The first question and possible answers: What should you do if you see something scary in the news? A. Pretend you didn’t see it. B. Talk to a parent or an adult you trust. C. Hide under
your bed.

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Getting Along

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image KidsHealth Getting Along KidsHealth in the Classroom – Family, friends, and teachers are a big part of kids’ lives. My brother and I fight over pretty much everything — what games to play, what shows to watch, who.

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Stopbullying.gov

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The Stopbullying.gov site has content for both kids and adults: Twelve animated webisodes (1-2min) on how kids deal with bullies at their school (with discussion questions); bullying games); facts about bullying for kids; videos on how to deal with bullying; and what kids can do if they see bullying.

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Lesson Plan for Elementary School Children

A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image Read-Write-Think Bad Case BullyingThis lesson for 3-5 graders provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon and personally relate to a teacher read-aloud of a narrative story. The lesson could be used with other stories; however, A Bad Case of Stripes allows for a personal connection by having students reflect on similar situations or emotions in their own lives. 

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Trauma-Informed Toolkit

SSW 2020 Resource Image Understanding Trauma and Traumatic Stress KDEKRS 158.4416 requires KDE to make available a toolkit that includes guidance, strategies, behavioral interventions, practices, and techniques to assist school districts and in developing a trauma-informed approach in schools. The following tools are designed to assist in this process:

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Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

SSI Bullying Website Image OlweusThe Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop.

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KnowBullying Mobile App

SSW 2020 Resource Image SAMHSAA free app from SAMHSA that can prevent bullying. Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying. (From SAMHSA)

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Bullying Prevention Powerpoint

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Prevention pptTo be used with school administrators when dealing with bullying problems in their schools. It can accompany the Bully Prevention Checklist below by Jon Akers, executive director of the Ky Center for School Safety. Bullying Prevention Checklist

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Pacer Middle/High Videos

SSI Bullying Website Image Pacer National Bullying Prevention CenterPacer – Classroom Toolkits – There are activities for younger students, as well as middle and high school. Also, a student created toolkit is listed with videos, music and artwork designed by students for other students to use.  This is a great way to create a dialogue with your class.  They can be the solution and a superhero as they work together to stop bullying.

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Billy Bully Lesson (By Ana Galan)

SSI Bullying Website Image Billy Bully pptCheck out your library for a copy of this school-yard counting book. It describes the good and bad behaviors in class. While reading the book aloud to your preschool through second grade students, use Powerpoint of visual aids to reinforce good behavior, counting and sequence. Click here for Powerpoint

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Wheel of Bullying

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Wheel of Bullying pptThis interactive question and answer Powerpoint covering bullying prevention has a “Wheel of Fortune” format. As the game is played students are quizzed on types of bullying and cyber-bullying activities. This Powerpoint is good for upper-elementary to high school students.

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Thinkfinity- High Interest Novels Teaching Respect

School Safety Issues Bullying Website ThinkfinitySix 90-minute sessions for 9-12 graders. Using a realistic, high-interest novel (The Bully by Paul Langan) and interactive reading strategies, students discuss many issues that surround bullying and consider what they themselves can do to prevent bullying.

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Counselors & Media Specialists Bullying Book Discussion Guide

SSI Bullying Website Image Scholastic Discussion GuideIncludes Connections to Common Core State Standards @ RHTeachersLibrarians.com. School Counselor, Laura Barbour has taught and counseled children from preschool through high school and presently works as an elementary professional school counselor at Stafford Primary School in West Linn, Oregon. (Random House Inc)

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Bullying Prevention Checklist

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Prevention handoutJon Akers, Executive Director of KCSS, offer suggestions for principals to consider when establishing bullying/harassment standards within their respective schools. This is not an all-inclusive list…but it is a good start for principals to reflect and act accordingly. (KCSS)

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A Frill a Minute - Video

SSI Bullying Website Image PBS Frill a MinuteIn this Dinosaur Train episode, the Pteranodon kids and Tank Triceratops play games at Big Pond, where they discuss the purpose of Tank’s frill, and outsmart a bully. They learn that Tank’s frill is a defense mechanism which makes the Triceratops look threatening to potential predators. (Stream Only)

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Meet the Helpers

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image PBS Meet the Helpers Many children have questions and can feel uneasy when emergencies occur in their communities. The Meet the Helpers toolkit is designed to introduce “helpers” and explain the role they play in emergency situations. Included in the toolkit are videos and hands-on activities that provide educators and families with developmentally appropriate resources for young children.

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Why do People Wear Masks?

 Early elementary video explaining the uses of masks. With a musical delivery attention is given to germs, how to wear a mask, and don’t be afraid of people with masks. Easy concepts in a friendly tune.

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How to Help Students Get Used to Masks

SSW 2020 Resource Image Edutopia How to Help Students Get Used to MasksHere are strategies that can help elementary students adjust to wearing face masks. – 1. A calming bag: Tangible items such as Band-Aids, mints, a personal note or encouraging sticker, extra pencils, etc. can often feel comforting when someone notices our fears or worries. … Face masks and superhero powers.

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Mask Mythbusters: 5 Common Misconceptions about Kids & Cloth Face Coverings

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 resource image Healthy Children Mask Mythbusters Face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes the more contagious Delta variant. Masks can be especially important for children younger than age 12, who are not yet eligible for the COVID vaccines. Some parents may have concerns about face masks, and we’re here to help. Here are some common questions about kids and masks, along with evidence-based information that will put your mind at ease: 

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COVID-19 Updates and Info/Ky Dept of Ed (P-12)

KDE- Covid-19 Resources to Educate, Feed, Support and Reopen Schools.  Also find news and updates from Kentucky Department of Education on COVID-19. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has released a new guidance document, Guidance for Offering a Hybrid Performance-Based Schedule, to support districts in implementing a hybrid schedule for grades 5-12 by utilizing their board’s policy on performance-based courses. 

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Handle With Care Notification System

SSW 2020 Resource Image Handle with CareHandle With Care (HWC) is the notification system described in the School Safety & Resiliency Act where schools and districts are required to collaborate with law enforcement to create procedures for notification of a student who has been trauma-exposed as part of the plan for implementing a trauma-informed approach in schools. The Kentucky State Police (KSP) have implemented a notification system that is now active statewide. The information below has been provided to us by KSP regarding implementation of the HWC program. Watch Video

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Bark Monitoring Tool for Schools

SSW 2020 Resource Image BarkBark – Bark for Schools provides a FREE world-class online safety solution for K-12 schools in the U.S. Our comprehensive solution comprises G Suite and Office 365 student account monitoring, Chrome/Chromebook monitoring, and a web content filter that categorizes and blocks harmful and inappropriate domains. Parents for a nominal fee Bark is available to you, also!

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KCSS FLIPCHART APP

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(KCSS) Kentucky Center for School Safety provides this KCSS Flipchart, which includes emergency response procedures for K-12 schools.

School emergencies are unexpected, unpredictable and can take many forms. The Kentucky Center for School Safety offers this quick and easy reference guide (KCSS Flipchart) for immediate response and is not a complete school safety plan. This quick reference guide uses FEMA’s four categories of school related emergencies.

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TERRORISTIC THREATENING

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS School ThreatsIf someone threatens a school or school activity in any way that causes the school to have to evacuate (to keep students and teachers safe), that is called terroristic threatening.

  • It’s not a joke!
  • It’s not a prank!
  • It’s not for fun!
  • It’s against the law!
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Threats at School

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Threats handoutThis handout addresses online “Threats at School.” Many students are not aware of the fact that all social media acquire and log “IP addresses” even Snapchat. Two-paged handout to help you explain how law enforcement can obtain anyone’s personal information from any of these apps. Then law enforcement can find the offending student and press charges. The student who creates, reposts or sends the fear-provoking material will suffer the consequences of this felony.

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Telling vs. Tattling

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Telling v Tattling handoutWhen talking with your students use these handouts. Everyone needs to know the difference in conflict and bullying, and telling and tattling. Review these in classrooms and place on the wall to refer to every now and then.  (KCSS)

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FREE Hotline: What You Can Do to Help End Bullying

SSI Bullying Website Image Suicide Prevention LifelineWhile bullying doesn’t cause suicide, a stressful environment and persistent, emotional victimization can increase a person’s risk of suicide. Together, we can create awareness about the dangers of bullying and give emotional support to those who may be contemplating suicide. If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) 

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S.T.O.P.! Tipline - Safe School Reporting Tool

SSW 2020 Resource Image S.T.O.P.! Tipline Logo(Kentucky Office of Homeland Security) – Use this tip line (or call 1-866-393-6659) to report concerns of any kind, whether it be at home or at school. You may report anonymously, or choose to be contacted. This is a free service for all Kentuckians.

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Elementary School Lockdown Workbook

(KCSS) – KCSS is excited to offer this newly developed Elementary School Lockdown Workbook; Suggestions and Ideas When Teaching Lockdown Practices to Elementary School Students. Lockdowns and other safety drills are part of a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan. Although the classroom teacher is best suited to develop specific lessons/instructions for his/her class, this workbook provides ideas and samples to assist in preparing that specific classroom plan.

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Classroom Response Kit

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 KCSS Classroom Response Kit(KCSS) – Each classroom should consider developing a “response kit” to have available for use during an emergency situation. Items in the kit should not be used for anything other than emergency preparedness training activities. The kit should be portable and readily accessible for use in an emergency. Contact KCSS for more information. 

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How to Support Our Students

SSW 2020 Resource Image Cyberbullying Research Center CoronavirusCoronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation, and Cyberbullying: How to Support Our Students – Cyberbullying Research Center – The coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm and disrupted so many aspects of our lives. Here are three important considerations… (Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W.)

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Lesson Plans - NetSmartz

SSW 2020 Resource Image NetSmartzAll NetSmartz lesson plans can be tailored to meet multiple Common Core and ISTE … NetSmartzKids.org while learning about the four rules of Internet safety and netiquette. Being kind online begins with kind words and support. Learning that what is sent online affects others in both good and bad ways. Be careful what you write.

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Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center

SSW 2020 Resource Image National Bullying Prevention Center Distance LearningDistance Learning During these challenging times, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is committed to being a valuable online resource. We are excited to share these free digital resources that you can use to continue engaging your child or student in social and emotional learning.

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Stopbullying.gov

SSW 2020 Resource Image Stopbullying.govThe Stopbullying.gov site has content for both kids and adults: Twelve animated webisodes (1-2 min) on how kids deal with bullies at their school (with discussion questions); bullying games; facts about bullying for kids; videos on how to deal with bullying; and what kids can do if they see bullying. Digital Awareness for Parents – StopBullying.gov – The digital world is constantly evolving with new social media platforms, apps, and devices, and children and teens are often the first to use them. Some negative things that may occur include cyberbullying, sexting, posting hateful messages or content, and participating in negative group conversations

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FBI Safe Online Surfing

SSW 2020 Resource Image FBI Safe Online SurfingFBI-SOS is a free, fun, and informative program that promotes cyber citizenship by educating students in third to eighth grades on the essentials of online security. Students will learn skills to keep them cyber safe in a game format. There is a game for each grade level promoting safe surfing online especially while students have more time online at home. (English and Spanish)

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Cyberbullying Fact Sheet

SSW 2020 Resource Image Cyberbullying Research CenterCyberbullying Fact Sheet: Identification, Prevention, and Response – Cyberbullying Research Center – Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2020). A guide to help educators/parents/guardians spot cyberbullying be respectful and show kindness to everyone during this transitional time. This fact sheet also addresses how to respond appropriately.

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The Owning Up™ Lessons

SSI Bullying Website Image Owning Up CurriculumPresent a unique and comprehensive approach to preventing youth violence by targeting the root causes of bullying and other forms of social cruelty. It exposes the cultural expectations that teach young people to humiliate and dehumanize others as the way to achieve power and respect, then challenges them to transform this dynamic. A CD is included for a nominal fee.

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YouTube Animated Story of Spookley (A Helpful Pumpkin)

SSI Bullying Website Image SpookleyElementary Lesson Plan – Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Pacer is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch world. In The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, a perennial fall favorite children’s story, Spookley helps you understand that the things that make you different are what make you special.

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Conflict Resolution: Helping Others and Ourselves

SSI Bullying Website Image PBS Conflict ResolutionStudents in grades 2-5 can use these activities to practice skills in resolving conflicts with bullies and help them think critically about logical resolutions. Teasing is Tough – Get children to talk about how it feels to be teased. Work together to create coping strategies, in this activity from Arthur. (PBS Learning Media)

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The Ned Program

SSI Bullying Website Image The Ned ProgramThe Ned Program school-wide character education program centers around a 45-minute assembly called The NED Show. NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. Teachers love that NED is simple, relatable and kid-focused.

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Mean Girls, Beware the Pack is Back!!!

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Mean Girls pptAs school begins we need to be aware that “The Pack is Back.” Mean girls will be in your halls in full force. In this presentation we will identify “The Mean Girl Pack” and do soul searching to identify who we are and how to become a better person a “Super Hero.” Mean girls use relational aggression which is a kind of social torment (bullying) that often exists without parents and teachers even noticing. 

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Other pages of interest, check out below:

KCSS Bullying Website Page

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 KCSS BullyingKCSS – Bullying prevention strategies and resources. Bullying is a devastating form of abuse that can have long-term effects on it’s victims, lowering their self-esteem, isolating them from others and even prompting health problems. 

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KCSS Cyber Bullying Website Page

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 KCSS CyberbullyingKCSS – Cyber bullying involves the use of information and technology such as e-mail, instant messaging, the publishing of defamatory personal web sites, and online personal polling web sites that are used to support conscious, willful, deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by one or more people with the intent to harm others. On-line harassment or threatening is Cyber bullying and it is on the rise.

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KCSS Empathy Website Page

SSW 2020 Resource Image KCSS EmpathyKCSS – This page includes some resources that are available that will hopefully help promote and incorporate empathy in your lessons as you make it an integral part of each school day. When others feelings become important their safety and well-being will be a priority. Resources listed include lessons, activities, kits, handouts, PowerPoints, videos and more.

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KCSS School Violence Website Page

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 KCSS School ViolenceKCSS – School violence can be prevented. Research shows that prevention efforts – by teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and even students – can reduce violence and improve the overall school environment. No one factor in isolation causes school violence, so stopping school violence involves using multiple prevention strategies that address the many individual, relationship, community, and societal factors that influence the likelihood of violence.

Prevention efforts should ultimately reduce risk factors and promote protective factors at these multiple levels of influence. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

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KCSS Internet Safety Website Page

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 KCSS Internet SafetyKCSS – The Internet is a wonderful tool which puts the world and all its information at our fingertips. Much of this information has been available for a long time through public library access or other means. Indeed, many of these sites have been in operation for a number of years.

However, this ease of access is paving the way for massive growth in Internet-based crime such as identity theft and predators. Most of these sites also provide an opt-out feature for you to remove or manage what information is available, though it may take some clicking around to locate it. The Kentucky Center for School Safety has compiled information on a number of them and provides a Protecting Your Personal Information: Opt Out procedures flier.

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KCSS Social Networking Website Page

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 KCSS Social NetworkingKCSS – Social networking has become the “get to know your friends” means of communication for the majority of teen students today. Because of the anonymity of this global resource, areas of concern reach a higher level of danger. As students share their life through this open to the world means of communication the chances of problems escalate. Not only is there a freedom of expression but it seems it is a new avenue to push acceptance or non acceptance to a realm that is really inconceivable with extreme consequences. Below are resources to help educate and prepare students in this ever evolving area of communication.

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KCSS Resources Website Page

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 KCSS ResourcesKCSS – The KCSS Resource Center locates and evaluates information regarding school safety practices from KCSS research, national databases, the Internet, education journals and other resources to keep the KCSS and the citizens of Kentucky on top of current information and trends.

Various handouts, reports and links are provided assisting interested school personnel, law enforcement officers and school safety conscious community members.

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KCSS Lockdown Website Page

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 KCSS LockdownKCSS – There are several variations of addressing lockdown procedures when considering the school setting. This page includes several ideas that may assist in developing a “lockdown” protocol in a school community. It is highly recommended that school officials consult with local law enforcement officials to cooperatively develop this protocol.

View current suggestions: “Considerations When Developing a School Lockdown Policy”

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KCSS Emergency Guide Website Page

SSW KY Safe Schools Week 2021 KCSS Emergency GuideKCSS – More so now than ever before, schools are faced with ongoing challenges. They must be prepared for a wide-range of emergency situations from natural disasters to threats of violence. Although schools may have established procedures for dealing with many emergency situations, many do not have these protocols collected in a coordinated, concise manner that are reviewed annually. The 2016 revision of the Emergency Management Resource Guide is designed to assist during the planning stage both at the school and district levels.

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