Replace it with kindness.
The lesson is divided up into five parts (a typical school week, about 20 minutes each section). We feel that message is quite effective on its own and is best delivered with a subtle approach. No soapbox needed. Guide them gently. Let the children make their own connections. They will 'get it'.
Common Sense Media Curriculum and resources for Digital Citizenship
List of 50 (Anti) Bullying Blogs and Forums - CPI
Mean Stinks by Secret (Gang up for Good)
The NEA - Bully Free
Free Technology for Teachers (Richard Byrne) (Internet Safety)
NCTE Lesson plans for creating a learning community in your classroom.
Learn Boost Digital Citizenship Resources
'Mean' Word Lists
Original Google Doc List
Lessons 4 Now 3rd grade word list
Suggested Videos That Can Be Used in Lessons (preview to assure age appropriateness)
Fight on NYC 6 Train (cursing present. A visual lesson, best viewed with sound muted)
Kindness Boomerang (by LifeVestInside)- Great for younger students
Jonah Mowry - What's Going On (suggested for older students)
Another useful one if only to watch how the teacher handles the conversation.
Things to Think About (Blogs and Articles)
Not Every Bad Behavior is Bullying - Michael Smith, The Principal's Page
Some Myths and Facts About Bullies and Victims - Education.com
Why do People Bully - Discovery News
Impact of bullying still evident after 40 years - Science Daily
Erase Meanness does not endorse and is not responsible for any content or advice contained within the suggestions listed above. We love em all, but are not affiliated or partnered with them.
"Erasing Meanness", the lesson by Eric Johnson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.