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
- National Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) Connect for Respect initiative
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.
- National Education Association's (NEA) Bully Free: It Starts With Me campaign
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.
- American Association of School Administrators' (AASA) Special Edition on Bullying at School and Online initiative
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.
- National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Bullying Resources
NSBA has put together this resource page to guide school board members (and others) in learning more about this issue. It includes a series of helpful links and a video from a former NSBA president.
- National Association of Elementary School Principals' (NAESP) Bullying Prevention Resources
NAESP Foundation has put together a collection of resources helpful to principals, parents, teachers and other education stakeholders, including articles, handouts and more.
- American Federation of Teachers' (AFT) Bullying Prevention Resources
AFT has a resource page with background information and resources for educators and others, including booklists, classroom activities and more.
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Bullying Prevention Specialist Training
School counselors are often the first person students or parents contact when bullying happens, and ASCA offers a ASCA Bullying Prevention Specialist designation to help them be best prepared to prevent bullying or intervene when it occurs. To earn the certificate, school counselors must demonstrate mastery of specific content matter.
- ASCA article "Empowering Students: Using Data to Transform a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Program."
- ASCA article, "Using Problem-based Learning with Victims of Bullying Behavior."
- ISTE: Point counter-point article "Should Schools Be Held Responsible for Cyber Bullying?"
- NSBA publication on model anti-bullying policies and other resources.
- NEA article on preventing bullying on school buses.
- NEA article on parents' role in bullying and intervention.
- NEA lesson plans: Teaching students to prevent bullying.
- NEA article, "How to Identify Bullying."
- NEA policy brief "Preventing Bullying in Public Schools.
- ASCA article, "Cyberbullying: Disruptive Behavior or Free Speech?
- ISTE, Online Bullying, Chapter 3 of A Parent's Guide to Online Safety.
- NSPRA on how cyberbullying poses challenges for school communicators.
- NSPRA blog "Using Social Tools to Combat Bullying."
- AASA article on cyberbullying and what school administrators can do
- National PTA article on how parents can help protect their children from cyberbullying
Videos on Bullying
- School counselor Michelle James, a middle school counselor, outlines what bullying is and the behaviors and traits that accompany it.
- School counselor Michelle James discusses how technology has changed how students interact and what adults need to know to keep students safe. She identifies strategies to assist students if cyber bullying occurs and what parents can do. ichelle James discusses cyberbullying, including what it entails and how to educate your kids
- Mary Broderick, NSBA President, talks about school climate and bullying.
- ASCA conference keynote speaker Jodee Blanco, author of "Please Stop Laughing at Me," shares her experiences with being bullied, what she has learned and how she now helps schools confront and deal with bullying issues.
- Brent Burnham, a 2011 School Counselor of the Year finalist, discusses the comprehensive bully prevention program at his school, which involves students, staff, administrators and the community.
Additional Member Recommended Resources
National Association of State Boards of Education's (NASBE): NASBE has developed a state-by-state summary of bullying as defined by state laws that includes bullying, hazing and cyberbullying when applicable.
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. Click here to view.
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. Click Here to view.
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.
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. Click here to view.
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.
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. Click here to view.
Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) No Place for Hate: By participating in No Place for Hate®, schools join with a larger initiative 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. ADL also offers a free 20-minute online course to help educators create inclusive classrooms and build ally behaviors in students.