Social Health Association
Stop Bullying

Bullying Prevention

Step Up for Kindness!™

Our bullying & peer violence prevention curriculum teaches kindness, empathy, compassion and skills to be an upstander to prevent bullying.   In collaboration with Playworks, the program was enhanced to be more interactive to engage youth in learning kindness and collaboration skills through play. Students are given a pre-test asking them about the locations and level of bullying they see in their school and community. Schools then receive a customized report to show where students are reporting bullying hot-spots are located so the school can provide more adult supervision to protect students in these areas.

Key program objectives by grade level

Grade K

  • Students learn:
    • how to use the Golden Rule to work together and respect one another
    • tactics on how to report bullying, and help the school be bully free
    • to identify kind words
    • the concept of inclusion to build a kind community

Grade 1

  • Students learn:
    • how to be a good friend
    • how to use empathy to aid their understanding of conflict and bullying
    • how to determine what to do and what not to do about bullying
    • how to be empowered bystanders

Grade 2

  • Students learn:
    • how to identify physical, verbal, social, and cyber bullying
    • steps to take to diffuse bullying
    • what to avoid when addressing bullying
    • to develop “no bullying rules”

Grade 3

  • Students learn:
    • how to identify when and where bullying happens, including online
    • how to report if they are bullied or if they witness bullying
    • empathy and the Golden Rule in choosing not to hurt others

Grade 4

  • Students learn:
    • skills to identify bullying, particularly social and verbal bullying
    • how to help stop bullying by reporting bullying safely
    • to determine what constitutes a bully free classroom
    • how to use empathy to understand and diffuse difficult situations

Grade 5

  • Students learn:
    • myths and facts about bullying
    • about social and cyber bullying
    • skills to be empowered bystanders
    • the power of words and feelings to help create an environment free from bullying

Grade 6

  • Students learn:
    • how it feels to be bullied
    • words used to bully others
    • what to do if they are bullied in person or online
    • how to be an empowered bystander
    • skills to control anger and diffuse difficult situations through role play

Grade 7

  • Students learn:
    • myths and facts about bullying
    • how to develop their skills as empowered bystanders
    • what it means to be an influence
    • the effect of gossip and cliques on bullying, with a focus on cyber bullying

This program builds from the previous grade level and requires a two-session commitment. For more information or to schedule a program, contact us at (317) 667-0340 or

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