Life, Social, and Emotional Skills

No Name Calling Week

No Name Calling Week

begins on January 15 and ends January 20, 2018. It’s the largest anti-bullying initiative in the country. It affords us the opportunity, as educators, to discuss and engage in prevention and intervention activities within our schools or organizations.

Name calling and bullying have been an ongoing problem within our schools and organizations for years. Staff can often feel ill-equipped to handle bullying within the confines of the school or organization, and with the explosion of social media, it has become even more difficult to manage.

Bully in he school yard

Youth are exposed to inappropriate behaviors everywhere they go. They are no longer just threatened by bullying in the schoolyard; they’re also threatened by constant name calling and bullying that occurs online. Because they sit behind a computer, tablet, or cell screen, students often don’t realize the implications of their choices on social media.

With the constant barrage of online images and messages in the media, it becomes difficult for youth to learn and discern what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. They are even learning from our current politicians (who are supposed to be the role models and representatives of our country) to resort to name calling when something doesn’t go your way. Coincidentally, No Name Calling Week ends on the date of the presidential inauguration.

Our youth need to be aware of their choices and actions on social media, understand how their negative choices and behaviors affect others, and that there are other methods and strategies available to deal with stressful situations instead of resorting to name calling and bullying.cyberbullying-2

So as educators, how do we begin to teach our youth empathy and digital citizenship so that they don’t resort to name calling and bullying?

Here are a few suggestions on where to start…

Number 1Conduct a Needs Assessment and identify the current name calling, bullying, and harassment issues that are happening in your school or organization.


Number 2Make sure there are rules and expectations set in your group or class. Here is an activity if you need to implement rules and expectations for your students: Class and Program Expectations, Ground Rules, And Agreements.


Number 3Consistently enforce and reinforce the rules and consequences for their behaviors.


Number 4Revisit the rules and expectations of appropriate behavior with your youth.


Number 5Make sure there are rules, regulations, and policies to address the identified needs and issues in your school or organization. If there are not, collaborate with administration to make that happen (I know; easier said than done). You can always enlist parents for support and advocacy. They are a great hidden resource.


Number 6Hold staff professional development trainings on how to address name calling, bullying, and harassment.

Number 7Facilitate lessons and activities. No name calling week gives us the perfect opportunity to integrate lessons on name calling into our lesson plans and activities. Topics can include, but are not limited to: using hurtful language, tolerance, sympathy, empathy, verbal abuse, digital citizenship, suicide prevention, and oppression.


Number 8Organize and hold No Name Calling Week in your school or organization. Check out GLSEN’s website for how to’s, information, and activities for No Name Calling week.

  • I’ve attended workshops, utilized resources, and facilitated activities they’ve offered since the late 90’s. Their resources are always relevant and comprehensive (Just in case you were wondering, I have no affiliate agreement with this organization).

There are a myriad of reasons why people name call, and none of them are acceptable. Let’s find alternative ways to teach our youth respect for others and how to avoid name calling, bullying, and harassment. This is a great place to start!

I would love to hear about the activities you have used to address name calling?

Check out some more lesson plans on bullying!

Anti- Bullying Growing Bundle
Anti-Bullying Growing Bundle
Hurtfulwords: Removing Rumors
Hurtful Words: Removing Rumors
Addressing Gossip
Addressing Gossip

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15 Things Everyone Needs To Know When Working With Teens And Young Adults
15 Things Everyone Needs To Know When Working With Teens And Young Adults
These Lives Matter
12 Ways To Avoid Misbehavior
12 Ways To Avoid Misbehavior

8 thoughts on “No Name Calling Week

  1. Thanks for a great post. I didn’t realize there was a special week for this, it will be a great opportunity to have a conversation with my students about this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. And thanks for linking up with our Spark Creativity Tuesday linkup!


  2. Thank you for this wonderful, informative post – I’ll be sharing it on my pages!
    I’m a primary school teacher who firmly believes that education is key when it comes to helping children to learn positive behaviours and to understand how our behaviour impacts upon those around us.
    A few years ago, my colleague and I co-ordinated a ‘Bully-Free Zone Project in a local school. We co-write song-based teaching resources for schools, and we recorded students from a local primary school singing the chorus of our curriculum-aligned song, ‘Bully-Free Zone!’ ~ a whole school, positive behaviours approach to dealing with this serious issue.
    You may be interested in reading about this, and viewing the students’ assembly performance video ~ children teaching children: recorded students from a local primary school, on the chorus of our song

    Have a peaceful day,



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