Put A STOP To Bullying In Your School
At least 28 percent of students 12-18 are bullied at school. As much as 6 percent of students report having been threatened with harm. Maintaining a safe, nurturing school environment for students is any school leader’s top priority. These resources can help you combat bullying in your school.
Print enough for your entire school!
Download this PDF of the Stop Bullying Bookmark and ask one of your community partners to underwrite the cost of printing enough bookmarks for every student.
NAESP Partnership With Education.Com
NAESP’s partnered with Education.com to offer a handy 12-page resource for principals and a town hall meeting at the 2012 NAESP Conference.
- 20 Questions Parents Ask Principals About Bullying…and How You Can Answer
- Bullying Town Hall Shines Light on Complex Problem
NAESP Partnership With Hazelden
The NAESP Foundation’s partnership with Hazelden Publishing, the leading publisher of programs and curricula for youth substance use prevention and violence prevention, gives members access to several resources.
- Bullying 101 for School Principals: What Principals Should Know and Be Able to Do
NAESP members have access to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program through state affiliates. For more information, contact the NAESP Foundation.
- Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
This three-hour course addresses how principals can effectively stop bullying and cyberbullying.
Ready, Set, Respect! Toolkit From NAESP And GLSEN
Cut the name-calling in your school with Ready, Set, Respect!, a guide for elementary school teachers on establishing a safe classroom culture. “Ready, Set, Respect!” contains lesson plans on name-calling and bullying, as well as tips on inclusive teaching, intervening in bullying incidents, and promoting respectful recess time. The toolkit is based on GLSEN’s companion study, “Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States.”
NAESP Report to Parents
Report to Parents is NAESP’s family-friendly bulletin that you can download, photocopy, and send home to your students’ parents and families.
Bullying prevention resources you need to be a better principal.
- No Place for Bullying
Principals must take the lead in creating an atmosphere where bullying prevention is a school and community goal.
- Enhancing the Climate of Safety in Your School
Once safety concerns are identified, clearly defined behavioral expectations and a code of conduct become part of the school culture.
- Climate-based Strategies for Violence Prevention
Some simple, but powerful, strategies can make a drastic difference in the overall climate of your school.
- Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youths
Middle school leaders must work to ensure that there is a safe and supportive environment for youths of every sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Building Positive Schoolwide Behavior
A three-tiered system that actively teaches and acknowledges expected behavior has been implemented in more than 7,000 schools.
- Sticks and Stones; Words and Wounds
In her “Postscript” column in Principal magazine, NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly addresses the principal’s role in bullying prevention.
- It’s the Law: Cyberbullying
Litigation to date on cyberbullying offers quickly evolving boundaries.
Bullying Prevention Policies
Bullying Prevention Legislation
Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies
A U.S. Department of Education report that examines how well states’ bullying laws and model policies cover U.S. Department of Education-identified key legislative and policy components and how state laws are being translated into practice at the school level. Nearly every state has a law covering bullying in schools. Here is a sampling of recent legislation:
- New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (2011)
Requires public schools to adopt comprehensive anti-bullying policies, including 18 pages of “required components,” and to file twice yearly reports on incidents. Considered to be the toughest bullying law in the United States.
- Massachusetts Law on Bullying in Schools (2010)
Requires schools to create and implement bully prevention plans.
- Find out how each state is addresses bullying through anti-bullying laws on stopbullying.gov.
- Stop Bullying Now
Shares information from government agencies, including the Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services, on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
- Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center
Provides information about the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center’s training and technical assistance, products and tools, and latest research findings.
- Bullying in Schools: Guide for Teachers
Offers tools and resources for educators with expert advice on bullying prevention.
- Crisis Prevention
Download the Bullying Prevention Tip Kit from CPI, an organization created for human services professionals to address the need for training in safe and respectful environments.
- Access anti-bullying resources, including educational toolkits, awareness toolkits, and contest ideas.
- Offers tools, lessons and resources on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and ending bullying and name-calling.
- Geared to students, this Cartoon Network site includes sections on what to do and speaking up as well as a comic challenge to make your own stop bullying comic strip.
- A feature-length documentary that follows “a year in the life” of five students and their families who have been affected by bullying. With the film at its center, The Bully Project also is a grassroots movement to educate and empower kids, parents, and school staff, to build strong, supportive, and safe communities.
- Offers five concrete practices from the U.S. Department of Education’s Doing What Works website to help elementary school teachers reduce the frequency of common types of behavior problems and promote positive behavior.
- Recognizing the Public Schools’ Authority to Discipline Students’ Off-Campus Cyberbullying of ClassmatesA New England Journal on Civil and Criminal Confinement article by Douglas E. Abrams, a law professor at the University of Missouri
- An in-depth look at what bullying is, why it happens, and what can be done to prevent it.
Resources In Spanish
- A 56-page booklet from the Federal Trade Commission with practical tips to help parents talk with their kids about staying safe online.
- Offers warning signs for parents to have on their radar, ways parents can help kids, and advice for kids.
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