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Bullying

Students are more likely to thrive academically – as well as socially and emotionally – in schools they experience as safe and supportive. Bullies deprive students of that experience.

We must do all we can -  as parents, educators, community leaders, business leaders, advocates and concerned citizens - to make it clear that we will not tolerate bullying in our public schools.

Learning First Alliance Member Resources on Bullying

Initiatives on Bullying

 This initiative encourages PTAs across the country to hold local conversations with diverse stakeholders about bullying, how it's affecting communities and solutions that groups can implement together. Resources for conducting conversations are available on their website.

The NEA's Bully Free Campaign encourages individuals to sign a pledge saying they will stand up to bullying. Resources for the education community include informational resources on bullying, concise fact-sheets, as well as trainings and research.

The AFT's initiative is designed to raise awareness about bullying and provides resources for teachers, students and others to help broaden the effort to identify, prevent and combat bullying.

AASA is highlighting a comprehensive and free online resource for parents in partnership with Education.com so they are better prepared to help their children cope and stand up to instances of bullying.

NASSP's prevention initiative is geared towards helping principals learn about bullying and create effective policies and practices to combat it in their schools. There are media, web and print resources, suggestions for speakers and programs and a specific section on cyberbullying.

NSBA has put together this toolkit to guide school board members (or others) through one of the best ways to gauge school climate: talking to students. Honest conversations with students can be the quickest way you can move toward practical steps to sustain or improve school climate. NSBA also has a collection of resources highlighting bullying, cyberbullying and legal resources as part of a broader focus on school climate, including a curriculum on cyberbullying.

A 50 state summary of bullying as defined by state laws that includes bullying, hazing and cyberbullying when applicable.

NAESP Foundation has put together a collection of resources helpful to principals, parents, teachers and other education stakeholders.

AMLE has compiled a number of organizational articles on bullying.

Articles on Bullying

Bullying and school violence:

Cyber-bullying:

Legislation:

Adult bullying:

Member Books and Studies on Bullying

This book surveys thousands of students about their internet use, and talks to hundreds of parents, teachers and administrators about issues concerning internet use. It touches on a range of questions, including but not limited to: What personal information can a student's user name reveal? What is the most effective way to create a secure password? What should a student do if he or she is bullied or made to feel uncomfortable online?

This book provides valuable and easy to understand information for parents about technologies and their associated challenges and risks. Children use countless forms of technology, and much of it may be unfamiliar to adults. The book provides guidance on the types of behavior every child should learn to be a good citizen in the digital world.

 This is ISTE's first children's book, which illustrates a scenario for children on how to handle both a neighborhood bully and a cyberbully (tell a trusted adult what happened) and provides them age-appropriate advice on how to be safe while online.

This nation-wide study examines various school staff members' perspectives on bullying and bullying prevention efforts.

Videos on Bullying

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

  • Video One: Cyberbullying, what it entails and how to educate your kids
  • Video Two: Bullying, what it is and the behaviors and traits that accompany it

National School Boards Assocation (NSBA)

Podcast on Bullying

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Additional Member Recommended Resources

PACERS, National Bullying Center: Founded in 2006, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER's bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.

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NETSMARTZ Workshop: NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. Featuring resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

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CBS Special Report: Bullying: Words Can Kill: CBS News takes a look at bullying in schools, how it impacts children, classmates, families and administration. (Aired 9/16/2011)

Click here to watch the episode

Stop Bullying.gov:  StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.

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Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN): Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, GLSEN works to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike. GLSEN recognizes that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities and supports schools in seeking to redress all such inequities.

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National Child Traumatic Stress Network: In support of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources for families, teens, educators, clinicians, mental health professionals, and law enforcement on how to recognize, deal with, and prevent bullying.

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National Crime Prevention Council:  Young people say that bullying is one of the biggest problems they face. In fact, 52 percent of students report seeing bullying at least once a week. This negatively affects the victims and the bullies as well as the kids who witness bullying and the school environment as a whole. The National Crime Prevention Council currently has two campaigns to help children and parents stop bullying.

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Bully Free Program: Our mission is to promote a sense of belonging and acceptance of all individuals and to promote the Golden Rule through quality materials, workshops, presentations, and Web resources. The Bully Free Program targets students in preschool, elementary, middle or junior high, and high school and, to some extent, the community. Some of the strategies are designed specifically for children who are bullied and children who bully others, while other strategies are designed for all students in a school. Parents, law enforcement officers, and community representatives also play a role in the program. System-wide, school-wide, classroom, and individual components interrelate throughout the program.

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National Crime Prevention Council: The National Crime Prevention Council's mission is to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. To achieve this, NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies to provide publications and training materials, school programs, trainings, PSA's and support for a national coalition of crime prevention practitioners.

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Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) No Place for Hate: By participating in No Place for Hate®, your school will join with a larger initiative taking place throughout Michigan and in other cities across the nation to reduce bullying, name calling and other expressions of bias, while creating safer learning environments that promote inclusion, appreciation of diversity and respect for others.

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