Yellow Ribbon Week – Good Intentions… Bad Idea for Schools

“How in the world can a Bully Prevention Week be a bad idea!?”

For those of you that don’t know, Yellow Ribbon Week is a specific week in the year that schools choose to teach Bully Awareness and Bully Prevention.  It usually falls around Martin Luther King Day and is celebrated with all sorts of student activities pointed at reducing bullying.

On the surface this sounds like a great idea.  And I think that it was probably created with good intentions.

But here’s the problem.  Many schools ONLY commit to a bully prevention program for Yellow Ribbon Week.  Then, after all the hoopla, they go back to doing the same old thing with the same old policies and nothing REALLY changes.

Although Yellow Ribbon Week may be a great springboard for introducing new Bully Prevention Policies, Bully prevention and bully awareness should be a year round activity.  Students should be constantly reminded about being kind, working together, cooperating, and tolerance for people that are different from themselves.

The solution is not “one week out the year” to work together.  There are many solutions all year long.   Here are a few:

  • Daily Announcements Encouraging Kindness (only takes a few seconds out of each day)
  • Changing Assigned Reading to books that encourage bully awareness
  • Posters throughout the school as a reminder of bully prevention policy
  • Have all students recite a Bully Free Pledge every morning

These are just a few.  Be creative.

Make Bully Prevention and Bully Awareness a year round activity.

I welcome your comments.

Dedicated to reducing bullying at your school!
John Abrams –
Southern California’s Top Elementary School Assembly Performer


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