October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Yearly, K-12 schools and organizations work together to encourage schools, communities, and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by raising awareness of the impact of all forms of bullying. With bullying and cyberbullying incidents on the rise, it’s important that schools make an effort to take action against bullies. We’ve compiled bullying resources such as websites and organizations, bullying legislation, LGBTQ initiatives, programs, curricula, and technologies that can help educators tackle bullying in school.
Bullying Websites & Organizations
- Stomp Out Bullying: This organization is a national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students in schools. They work to reduce bullying and cyberbullying instances, educate those against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism, and deter violence in schools. They have a great campaign for the month of October to promote National Bullying Prevention Month, which has plenty of anti-bullying activities and ideas so that your K-12 school can participate in throughout the month. End the hate with Stomp Out Bullying.
- StopBullying.Gov: This website is managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides teachers, parents, students, and communities resources on how to intervene in bullying situations, facts about bullying, laws & policies, videos and social media, training, and more.
- Not in Our School: This organization creates safe and inclusive school communities by providing training, films, and lesson plans to inspire students to take the lead in standing up to bullying and intolerance in school. They also have an Anti-Bullying Film Festival which includes a range of films that show students taking a stand against bullying and hate.
- Safe and Supportive Schools: This website offers plenty of information and technical assistance to schools and districts with the goal of providing all students with access to a well-rounded education, improving school conditions for student learning, and improving the use of technology so all students have the opportunity to realize academic success and digital literacy in safe and supportive learning environments.
- National School Climate Center: The National School Climate Center promotes safe, supportive learning environments that nurture social and emotional, civic, and academic growth for all students. The bullying prevention portion of the website promotes the EYES (Empowering Youth Engaging Schools) Initiative, which supports school leaders in addressing bias, bullying and other hurtful behaviors within school communities.
LGBTQ Youth & Youth with Disabilities
- Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center: Children with disabilities are 2-3 times more likely to be bullied. This website has information and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators with a focus on students with disabilities. The below video is one of a few on the PACER Website:
- GLSEN: This organization’s mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. They have helpful resources for educators on how to promote inclusion in the classroom as well as making classrooms a safe environment for the LGBTQ community. “It is really nice to have such a great organization working with educators to create safe spaces for everyone. Thank you for all the amazing work.” – School Counselor
Bullying Prevention Legislation
Knowing the damage bullying and cyberbullying has on young people, state and local lawmakers have taken action to prevent bullying in schools. All 50 states have their own laws, policies and regulations which have continued to evolve over time. StopBullying.gov has put together a detailed chart split up by state, which outlines every states bullying laws.
- Anonymous Tip Software: Students are increasingly reluctant to report bullies as they fear not being believed or that the bullying will get worse. Anonymous tip technology is being used to help those who witness bullying instances or those who are bullied themselves come forward with the protection of not being identified. This technology also allows educators to have a good understanding of the rates of bullying happening in their school, as well as other school safety threats such as drug use or attacks on schools.
National Bullying Prevention Month is the perfect opportunity for your K-12 school or district to step up and put more effort behind anti-bullying strategies. The Rave EyeWitness platform is a great tool for schools interested in implementing an anonymous tip software. Interested in learning more?