Bullying


5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Child
The KidsHealth website offers some great tips on how to help your child become bully proof.

Bullying:  Tips for Parents – Mental Health America
Great bullying prevention tips and fact sheet on bullying.

Bullying Prevention Programs
Below is a list of Bullying Prevention Programs that can be used in schools and communities.

Bullying and Substance Abuse
Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around.  It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects.  It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk.
Source:  DrugRehab.com

Bullying:  What American Indian and Alaska Native Parents Need to Know
Bullying has become a significant problem for youth, parents, school counselors, and many others. This paper provides general information about bullying, and specific information about bullying of Native youth and those with disabilities. It also offers action steps for parents to take. We hope American Indian and Alaska Native parents will benefit from this resource.
Source:  Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center (NAPTAC), December 2016

Cyber-Bullying
Tips on what to do if you are being cyber-bullied.
Source:  ConnectSafely.org

Cyberbullying Research Center
A great website for Parents, Educators and Teens to get information on cyberbullying.

Dear Colleague Letter about Disability Discrimination
This guidance letter follows a long history of guidance issued by the Department in this critical area of disability discrimination. In 2000, OCR and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued joint guidance informing schools that disability-based harassment may deny a student equal educational opportunities under Section 504 and Title II.2

The 2000 guidance also noted the responsibilities of schools under Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure that students receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE), and alerted schools that harassment of a student based on disability may adversely impact the school’s provision of FAPE to the student.
Source:  US Department of Education, October 2014

Dear Colleague Letter – US Department of Education
Our purpose in writing is to develop greater awareness of harassment of students based on disability and to remind interested persons of the legal and educational responsibilities that institutions have to prevent and appropriately respond to disability harassment, and to suggest measures that school officials should take to address this very serious problem. This letter is not an exhaustive legal analysis. Rather, it is intended to provide a useful overview of the existing legal and educational principles related to this important issue.
Source:  US Department of Education, July 2000

Dear Colleague Letter – US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
A 2010 dear colleague letter by the OCR, which elaborated on potential violations when bullying and harassment is based on race, color, national origin, sex, or disability
Source:  US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, October 2010

Dear Colleague Letter – US Department of Education
A 2013 dear colleague letter and enclosure by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) clarifying that when bullying of a student with a disability results in the student not receiving meaningful educational benefit under IDEA, the school must remedy the problem, regardless of whether the bullying was based on the student’s disability.
Source:  US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, October 2013

Effective Evidence-based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying
A 7 page guide to Effective Evidence-based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying.
Source:  US Department of Education

Kids Against Bullying
A very child friendly interactive website specifically for children to understand what is bullying, being the target of bullying, being a bully and how you can help.

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
A website that provides lots of information on a safe school including bullying and cyberbullying issues.

Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center
A website with a wealth of information for students, parents and educators on bullying prevention.

Parent Guide to Bullying
Bullying is a main source of violence in school. Parents play a vital role in recognizing signs, supporting courage, and helping their child.
Source:  Scholastic

StopBullying.Com
A website with information for parents, educators, communities, teens and kids to stop bullying.

Teens Against Bullying
A great interactive website specifically for teens to understand the impact of bullying.

Teens Talk About Bullying
A short video on TeensHealth website with teens talking candidly about being bullied.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
A report and guide that brings the voice of the families to the national dialogue of the bullying epidemic.
Source: AbilityPath.org

What Are Public Schools Required to Do When Students with Disabilities are Bullied?
A fact sheet with resources and expectations of how bullying should be handled in public schools when students with disabilities are involved.
Source:  US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights

What Parents Can Do About Childhood Bullying
If you’re a parent concerned about bullying, it’s important to recognize the signs that a child is a bully, as well as the signs of one who is being victimized. This website will give you great signs and symptoms of bullying.