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The 6Rs of Bullying Prevention

End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy

The Proven 6Rs of Bullying Prevention That Create Inclusive, Safe, and Caring Schools


Previously titled The 6Rs of Bullying Prevention

Based on a practical, six-part framework for reducing peer cruelty and increasing positive behavior support, End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy utilizes the strongest pieces of best practices and current research for ways to stop bullying. The book includes guidelines for implementing strategies, collecting data, training staff, mobilizing students and parents, building social-emotional skills, and sustaining progress, and presents the “6Rs” of bullying prevention: Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, and Replace. This is not a program, but a comprehensive process for reducing bullying from the inside out, involving the entire school community. Bullying-prevention and character education expert Michele Borba, who’s worked with over 1 million parents and educators worldwide, offers realistic, research-based strategies and advice. Use the book on its own or to supplement an existing program. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book and a PDF presentation for use in professional development.
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ISBN: 978-1-63198-353-5
Audience: Administrators, teachers, counselors, youth leaders, bullying prevention teams, parents of children in grades K–8
Trim Size: 7.25" x 9.25"
Page Count: 288
Digital Content: Includes customizable forms from the book and a PDF presentation for use in professional development
Praise for End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy

“Every book that Michele Borba writes, I’m reading it.”—Halle Berry, Academy Award–winning actress

“Michele Borba presents key evidence-based practices that have been shown to reduce the impact of bullying, giving educators practical and tested strategies that will assist their schools or districts to strengthen an existing program or build a new one.”—School Administrator magazine

“An important addition to any educator’s toolbox for breaking the cycle of bullying violence and creating a more deeply caring school environment.”—Barbara Coloroso, educator and author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander

“Dr. Michele Borba’s contributions to the field are always practical, relatable, and powerful. Her newest book is no exception and provides a valuable step-by-step guide to help school communities reduce peer harassment and hate from the inside out through policy and programming.”—Dr. Sameer Hinduja, codirector of Cyberbullying Research Center and professor of criminology and criminal justice, Florida Atlantic University

“This book provides real results for bullying prevention, awareness, and education and will make a difference not only in the lives of children, but in our communities. Dr. Borba’s expertise in bullying is second to no one: she is a leader in her field and this book will change lives.”—Sue Scheff, Internet safety expert and author of Shame Nation: Preventing, Surviving & Overcoming Digital Disasters

“Dr. Borba compiles and succinctly summarizes the weight of available evidence about what works to prevent bullying at school. Building safe and bully-free schools is not easy and there are no shortcuts. It takes coordination and collaboration by all concerned community stakeholders. This book offers a potent and pragmatic roadmap to help schools achieve that goal.”—Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., codirector of  Cyberbullying Research Center

How to Help Children Stand Up to Peer Cruelty and Stop Bullying

That old adage “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a false statement that must be curtailed. The emotional scars of bullying can last a lifetime, and any act of peer cruelty is unacceptable. But in all our endeavors to stop peer cruelty, we may be overlooking the most effective solution for reducing bullying: teaching children how to speak up and stand up to bullying. Children can reduce the audience that a child who bullies craves, they can mobilize others to support the target, and they can reduce peer cruelty. Mobilizing the compassion of witnesses may well be our best hope for creating safer schools for our children, and I would know because I’ve spent the last two decades researching the topic and working with hundreds of educators worldwide.

We can teach children specific skills that empower them to stop cruelty, help victims, feel safer, and reduce bullying. But there are things adults must do.

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A Free Webinar with Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Join Free Spirit’s edWeb community, Social-Emotional Learning, Positive Behavior, and Student Achievement, to take a short quiz based on the webinar below and earn a free CE credit.

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February 23, 2018 / Tim LeaTrea
Another Great Book by Dr. Borba

Is you found UnSelfie to be beneficial, then this is your next read! Dr. Borba has put together an easy to follow process for schools to build a safe and caring environment where students stand up for themselves and each other when necessary. The 6 Rs will teach schools to implement proactive strategies to prevent bullying behavior from happening.

February 23, 2018 / Patricia Chinn
A must read for schools AND parents.

Dr. Borba has provided a comprehensive and practical approach to helping schools and parents build resiliency and problem-solving skills through a systematic process (the 6 Rs). This book helps schools to develop a safe, caring culture by building respect, developing empathy, mobilizing student compassion, and empowering students to stand up against peer mistreatment. By learning about the 6Rs, parents can also support their child's development of these skills and play an active part in helping their child to recognize bullying behaviors, report and respond to them, and if necessary, replace existing bullying behaviors with pro-social behaviors.


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