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Tips for Teachers: Ways to Help Students Who Struggle With Emotions and Behavior

Written By: James H Burns - Aug• 31•17

How Did You Do It?

Written By: James H Burns - Aug• 09•17
A Reflective Journal
For Those Who Have Learned How To Stop Being Bullied

How does childhood bullying affect a person’s self confidence, resiliency, and courage? How much fear still remains in the victim in social situations and during even the smallest of confrontations?

There are those that have overcome the fear bullying and that is what this journal is about. It is an opportunity for those who were bullied to document their experience and let others know how they did it. They can tell their story and then through reflection and insight lay out their plan of how they regained their confidence and emotional strength. It is designed to help the journal writer realize how they really are a type of pioneer who has paved the way for others to follow. It is my hope that they share their success with others.

Who should use this journal? Anyone who wants to make a difference in their life and the lives of others. It is great for high school teenagers, young adults, those who are still being bullied that need to make a plan to overcome issues that are standing in their way of a successful life. It can be used as a resource for those in the mental health industry, youth groups, guidance counselors and school social workers.

This Journal can be used by anyone to write about how they overcame the fear of bullying. They should take the time to answer the questions and share their success with others and keep track of the progress that was made. It is great tool for groups or individuals. They can continue to journal and use the Life Notebook section to stay up to date on their ongoing success story

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Self Study Courses And Products

Written By: James H Burns - Aug• 08•17
Quality Self Study Courses
And Products
If you are looking for some great resources to help deal with the bullying epidemic and other behavior management issues you may be having in your classroom or school click on the link below and see what you can get immediately. Quality courses and products that you download and keep as a resource for yourself or your school. 
As a note these are courses that are self study, so you keep the material. Anti Bullying 401 is a 42 hour college level course and we are working toward getting this course accredited by a college or university. The Academy package is 30 hours of self study courses that are designed to meet the needs of teachers and administrators on a variety of levels. Click on the link below to be brought to a very comprehensive page that will provide you with course descriptions and outlines. The 2017-18 school year will be here before you know it and this is a great way to get professional development hours.

School Climate Conference 10/5/2017

Written By: James H Burns - Aug• 08•17

Climate Control For

Your School and Classroom

This Conference Will Provide Teachers, Administrators, Anti Bullying Specialists and Coordinators with the Necessary Skills and Strategies to Help Teach Respect, Encourage Responsibility, Reduce Bullying Events, and Improve The Overall Behavioral Climate in Their Classroom and School.  

This is a hybrid conference which will run from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The participants will leave with a link that will allow them to take the final 2 hours of the conference in a self study format at their convenience. An e-book will be provided as well a certificate of completion reflecting 5 hours of PD time at the conclusion of the conference. 

Seating Is Limited so please register early.


Cape May Convention Hall

714 Beach Ave.

Cape May, NJ 08204


Thursday October 5, 2017

Click Here For More Information and To Register

The Anti Bullying Teacher Toolbox

Written By: James H Burns - Aug• 08•17
The Anti Bullying Teacher Toolbox
The idea behind this tool box is to provide as many resources as possible to help a teacher deal with the bullying epidemic. It is downloadable and has many links that can be accessed with a click. It provides material that can be added to and can be modified. It has podcasts and some very unique videocasts. Believe it or not it is a starting point for teachers and as they move forward they can create their own folder and add materials to the tool box making it their own very powerful resource that can be used to help students and other teachers deal with bullying issues in their school. Be sure to use the links, this tool box is designed to be viewed on your computer. You don’t have to be on the web as some of the links were created offline.

Bullying Basics

Written By: Kevin Brenden - May• 27•17

Parents: Signs that your teen is being bullied

Bullying is threatening, aggressive, persistent and unwanted behavior that intentionally harms another person emotionally and/or physically. There are several different types of bullying that may occur among teens, including physical bullying, emotional bullying, verbal bullying and/or cyberbullying. It is extremely important that parents, as well as children, understand that there is no form of bullying that is less serious or that requires less attention than another form of bullying. The person being bullied usually has difficulty preventing the behaviors that are being directed toward them, and they often struggle with defending themselves. Many teens, especially boys, will not tell their parent or another adult that they are being bullied. So, it is extremely important that parents are aware of the possible signs that their teen is being bullied. The following guide will help you recognize the signs of a teen that is being bullied.

Identifying Potential Victims of Bullying

In most situations a victim of a bully will display signs of being distressed. Signs may include withdrawal, anxiety, cutting class, depression and/or a decrease in school performance. Unfortunately, some teens may become the victim of a bully simply because they are considered to be a minority, such as ethnic minorities, religious minorities, low economic status, and homosexuals or simply because they are smaller in stature than the bully. However, any child or teenager can become the victim of a bully, without falling into one of the above categories. Although the victims of a bully may vary, it is common for teens that are different in some way than their peers to fall prey to a bully.

Signs That Your Teen is Being Bullied

There are typically warning signs that can indicate when a teen is being bullied; however, not all kids that are being bullied will exhibit the warning signs. It is essential that parents talk to their teens on a regular basis about bullying and encourage them to come to you or another adult if they are being bullied. Some of the warning signs of a teen being bullied may include:


  • Unexplained cuts, bruises and/or scratches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Has reoccurring bad dreams
  • Torn, damaged, or missing pieces of belongings, such as books or clothing
  • Fearful of riding the school bus, walking to and from school, or participating in organized school activities
  • When walking, they will take an illogical route
  • Loss of interest in school work and/or sudden drop in grades
  • Appears sad, moody, depressed, or teary when arriving home from school
  • A sudden change in appetite
  • Reoccurring headaches, stomach aches, frequent complaints of sickness, or fakes being ill to avoid going to school
  • Appears to suffer with anxiousness and/or low self-esteem
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Self-destructive behaviors, such as running away from home, harming themselves, and/or talking about or attempting suicide

Bullying can happen to girls or boys and children of all ages at any time. It is vital that you talk with your teens about bullying and encourage them to learn what to do if they are being bullied. It is also equally important to talk with teens you suspect are being bullies about their behavior. Encourage your teenager to speak up when witnessing bullying and to speak up when being bullied. It is also extremely important to encourage schools to enact no bulling policies and encourage the school faculty to intervene.

Boy ‘driven to suicide by bullies’

Written By: James H Burns - Mar• 05•17

A distraught mother has claimed that her 11-year-old son was driven to suicide by bullies at his school.

Thomas Thompson took an overdose of painkillers after other pupils picked on him because he was clever and well-spoken, she said.

Sandra Thompson found her son in his bedroom when she returned home from work in the evening.

Are You a Bully Magnet at Work?

Written By: James H Burns - Mar• 05•17

These five factors determine whether you’re tempting prey for office bullies and abusive co-workers.

Workplace bullying is epidemic. In fact, 37 million U.S. workers face “abusive conduct” during the workday, according to a 2014 survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute. Nearly 29 million others witness this abuse. To put this into tangible terms, the nearly 66 million workers who face or witness bullying equal the combined population of fifteen U.S. states.

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How to Prevent Bullying of Children with Epilepsy, Other Medical Conditions

Written By: James H Burns - Mar• 05•17

These strategies just might save a life.

Bullying can be a serious problem for any child, but for children with a medical challenge such as epilepsy, the risk is increased. Knowing the facts about bullying is the first step toward preventing victimization of children and teens with epilepsy or other medical conditions, and keeping them safe.

What exactly is bullying, and how does it affect the children involved? Bullying consists of aggressive behaviors that are repeated over time and involve an abuse of power by the perpetrator. It may take the form of verbal or physical abuse, or, especially for girls, cyberbullying through social media. The child who bullies learns how to use power and aggression to control and distress another, and the child who is victimized learns about losing power and becoming trapped in an abusive relationship. The lessons for both parties are clearly destructive. Contrary to what some people may think, bullying is not a normal part of healthy adolescent development and the suffering it causes may start early and last a lifetime.

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2017-18 Professional Development Opportunities

Written By: James H Burns - Feb• 28•17

Schedule Now For 2017-18

If you are planning for the 2017-18 school year you are probably looking for a quality in-service or keynote to start off the year. Jim Burns is a former teacher, and administrator with over forty years of experience. He has been a professional speaker since the year 2000. He is a college instructor, anti bullying consultant, writer, and course designer. In May of 2015 Jim was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for his almost 40 years of work in the area of student behavior management and anti bullying. He can speak to your staff on a variety of topics that are both humorous and enlightening. He believes that Everybody Knows about the true issues in education but for some reason can’t come up with the solutions. He offers self study professional development opportunities that can be found at To learn more about scheduling an in-service or a consultation click on the link below for more information.

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