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.
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:
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 the below map, as well as a detailed chart split up by state, which outlines every states bullying laws. Click here to learn more.
- 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.
Rave Bullying Blogs
Rave cares a lot about preventing bullying and cyberbullying in schools, and we’ve blogged about the topic often. See the below blogs:
- The Latest Bullying in K-12 Statistics
In 2007, Catherine Bradshaw and Anne Sawyer published an article in the School Psychology Review entitled “Bullying and Peer Victimization at School: Perceptual Differences between Students and School Staff” (paywall). The article was the result of one of the most comprehensive studies into K-12 bullying, with more than 15,000 students from 109 elementary, middle, and high schools interviewed. Read more here.
- Creative Ways to Prevent Bullying In Schools
In Newark, New Jersey, a high school principal named Akbar Cook came up with an unexpected strategy to combat bullying and student absences. Cook’s answer was a laundry room on campus. The principal realized that high school students were missing days of school due to bullying for dirty clothes, and installed five commercial grade washer and dryers in an empty locker room. The laundry room is available to students for free after school three days a week, from 3 to 6 pm. Read more here.
- How The Texas School Safety Bill Will Address Bullying
In April, an expansive Texas school safety bill was passed by the Senate, aimed at preventing or mitigating the impact of a mass tragedy. The legislation was proposed in response to the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School, which left 10 students and teachers dead, injuring 13 others. Read more here.
- Tips to Share: All the Ways to Report a Bully
Name calling, online abuse, and physical threats are all unwanted behaviors that impact students negatively, commonly known to most as bullying. Unfortunately, both bullying and cyberbullying instances in K-12 schools across the United States are on the rise. With the increased concern of mental health conditions among school-aged children there is a need for schools to take action when it comes to ways to report a bully and technologies to help them do so. Read more here.
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?
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