These Movies About Bullying Should be Required Viewing for Students

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Because the issue is real, and kids need to see it.

These Movies About Bullying Should be Required Viewing for Students

Often, it's hard for parents and teachers to get through to young people, especially teenagers. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, these movies about bullying might be just what students need to implement a change.

Although it's recently been given a lot more attention than in previous years, bullying is still a huge problem in the American school system. When students are routinely exposed to cliques, rumors and social pressure, it's almost impossible to imagine a world where the issue doesn't exist. However, it's been proven that educating young people about the harm caused by bullying can be effective in rewiring a vicious culture.

These powerful movies about bullying will entertain students while teaching them a valuable lesson. Often, telling can be repetitive, and the only way to get through to kids is by showing them. Allow these chilling films to inspire compassion in students.

1. A Girl Like Her

High school girl Jessica (Lexi Ainsworth) lies in a coma after attempting suicide, and her classmates blame a popular clique leader Avery (Hunter King) who's been harassing her. Although there's plenty of proof of Avery's cruelty, a documentary crew decides to investigate. Inspired by a true story, this film looks at both sides of the bullying issue by humanizing the bully and allowing Avery to tell her side of the story.

Watch it on Prime Video here!

2. Bowling For Columbine

Bowling for Columbine attempts to uncover the roots of bullying in schools and what effects the phenomenon can have on students. As a journalist, Michael Moore was the first to examine the infamous Columbine school shooting and what might drive teenagers to kill. The film provides food for thought that is still relative to bullying today.

Watch it on Prime Video here!

3. Cyberbully

With the introduction of the internet, cyberbullying has become the new bullying—and it's much more lethal. This shocking film follows the realistic story of a teenage girl named Taylor Hillridge (Emily Osment) who is not welcomed kindly into the cyber world. As things escalate, Taylor attempts to take her own life and the dangerous game of cyberbullying is examined by the authorities.

Watch it on iTunes here!

4. Wonder

Wonder is an inspiring film that's based on the true story of a boy with a rare facial deformity, and his struggle with entering a mainstream school for the first time. In an uplifting fashion, August "Auggie" Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) overcomes the insane cruelty of bullies at school, while making the world a better place to live for everyone. This critically acclaimed film teaches a valuable lesson that will bring both kids and adults to tears.

Watch it on Prime Video here!

5. Bully

This documentary follows the lives of five students in America who face bullying on a daily basis, with a particular focus on two students who took their own lives as a result. It goes into great detail of describing how difficult it is for the average student to defend themselves against these heinous acts. The filmmakers have promoted the film to be an important tool in America's anti-bullying movement, meaning every student can take away something valuable from it.

Watch it on Prime Video here!

6. Odd Girl Out

Vanessa Snyder (Alexa PenaVega) was once a popular girl, but she is soon isolated by her former friends. To make matters worse, they begin to bully and spread hideous rumors about her character. She finally finds the courage to stand up to her tormentors, but not before she makes a heartbreaking suicide attempt.

Watch it on Prime Video here!

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