Here is a sample anti-bullying contract or pledge:
We the students of _________________________ school agree to work together to stop bullying at our school.
Bullying is defined as intentionally aggressive behavior that can take many forms (verbal, physical, social/relational/emotional, or cyber bullying— or any combination of these); it involves an imbalance of power, and is often repeated over a period of time. The bullying can consist of one child bullying another, a group of children ganging up against one lone child, or one group of kids targeting another group.
Common behaviors attributed to bullying include put-downs, name calling, rumors, gossip, verbal threats, menacing, harassment, intimidation, social isolation or exclusion, and physical assaults.
We believe that no student deserves to be bullied and that every student regardless of race, color, religion, nationality, size, gender, popularity, athletic, academic, or social ability, or intelligence has the right to feel safe, secure, and respected.
I agree to:
__________________________________ Student’s signature __________________________________ Parent’s signature __________________________________ Date
The best type of anti-bullying contract or pledge is one developed with input from students. The school could encourage each classroom to come up with a contract or pledge that would represent the students’ anti-bullying responsibilities. A school-wide vote could be taken and the best pledge or contract can become the official anti-bullying contract for that school.
Another important (but often overlooked) strategy is to hold bullying prevention programs for parents. Parents are key players in the effort to reduce bullying in and out of schools and they should be included in the school’s anti-bullying efforts. Many parents are unaware of the extent of bullying in schools and many more still believe the bullying myths in Chapter 8. When parents have a better understanding of what bullying is and why it is harmful not just to kids who are bullied but to bullies and bystanders as well, they are more motivated to help.