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CSSRC Bullying Prevention and Intervention Materials

Positive School Climate: Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Education School Resource Guide

  • This Colorado School Guide includes resources that may help to address bullying and harassment in schools. Compiled by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center in June 2014. Updated in June 2016.

Bullying and Harassment Resource Links for Schools

  • Created by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (January 2013)

Bullying and Cyberbullying Resource Links for Parents

  • Created by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (January 2013)

Responding to Bullying: Tips for Educators

  • Compiled by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (September 2013)

 

Other Bullying Prevention and Intervention Materials

Bullying and Harassment Resources for Schools at a Glance

Bullying and Harassment Resources for Parents at a Glance

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

  • Building Respectful School Climates, ADL Webinar Series
    • Bullying on Campus in the Electronic Age
    • The December Dilemma: Navigating Religious Holidays in the Public Schools
    • Empowering Students to Combat Bullying
    • Facing Bias and Bullying: Educational Responses
    • Using Current Events to Teach about Bias, Diversity and Social Justice
    • Click the links for various online companies and social media sites to learn their general hate speech policies, cyberbullying/ harassment policies, and how to report hate speech, cyberbullying, and harassment.
    • No Place for Hate was developed to partner with schools as a year-long initiative to develop projects, create a critical mass of students & staff to bring a message of inclusion and respect to the whole school to create a culture that is welcoming and safe for all.  The Initiative can empower a whole school and provide students a voice to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry.
    • The Institute’s programs and resources are designed to help participants:
      • recognized bias and the harm it inflicts on individuals and society;
      • build understanding of the value and benefits of diversity;
      • improve intergroup relations and;
      • confront racism, anti-Semitism and all other forms of bigotry​
    • A CLASSROOM OF DIFFERENCE™ is at the heart of the Institute, developed to address diversity in the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school communities.

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)

Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying: Workshop Summary

  • Published September 2014 by the National Academies' Institute of Medicine.
  • On April 9–10, 2014, the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) held a 2-day workshop titled “Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying and Its Impact on Youth Across the Lifecourse.” The purpose of this workshop was to bring together representatives of key sectors involved in bullying prevention to identify the conceptual models and interventions that have proven effective in decreasing bullying, to examine models that could increase protective factors and mitigate the negative effects of bullying, and to explore the appropriate roles of different groups in preventing bullying.
  • CSSRC Staff Review 10/2/14

Bully Free: It Starts With Me

The Bully Project

  • “Bully,” Lee Hirsch’s moving and troubling documentary about the misery some children inflict upon others, arrives at a moment when bullying, long tolerated as a fact of life, is being redefined as a social problem. Watch the movie trailer.
  • The Bully Project highlights solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change. Starting with the film’s STOP BULLYING. SPEAK UP! call to action, The Bully Project will catalyze audience awareness to action with a series of tools and programs supported by regional and national partners. LINK
  • A Guide to the Film BULLY: Fostering Empathy and Action in Schools, from Facing History and Ourselves, helps adult and student audiences confront the stories in this film and explore the meaning for their schools and their wider communities.

Bullying in Schools

  • Published May 2012 by Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
  • Perhaps more than any other school safety problem, bullying affects students’ sense of security. The most effective ways to prevent or lessen bullying require school administrators’ commitment and intensive effort; police interested in increasing school safety can use their influence to encourage schools to address the problem. This guide provides police with information about bullying in schools, its extent and its causes, and enables police to steer schools away from common remedies that have proved ineffective elsewhere, and to develop ones that will work.

Bullying Prevention Initiative (2008)

  • Highlights Brochure
  • This website is designed to help communities across the nation take advantage of what has been learned and accomplished over 3-1/2 years by the schools, districts and nonprofit organizations participating in The Colorado Trust’s Bullying Prevention Initiative (BPI).

Bullying Prevention Resource Guide

  • This guide is designed to help communities across the nation take advantage of what has been learned and accomplished over 3-1/2 years by the schools, districts and nonprofit organizations participating in The Colorado Trust’s 2005, $8.6 million Bullying Prevention Initiative (BPI).

Bullying Research Network

  • Uniting researchers in bullying prevention and intervention. Provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Bullying, Sexual, and Dating Violence Trajectories from Early to Late Adolescence

  • Final grant research report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in May 2014
  • Bullying perpretration in middle school is found to be predictive of sexual harassment and dating violence in high school for both boys and girls.The authors suggest that additional attention should be paid to teaching youth about healthy relationships and conflict management skills.

Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA

  • Operating under the auspices of the School Mental Health Project at UCLA, the national Center for Mental Health in Schools was established in 1995. Our mission and aims are to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing the field of mental health in schools.
  • The center receives a constant flow of information and resources, outreaches for more, and based on ongoing assessments and analyses of needs related to policy, practice, research, and training, develops new resources and networks and provides strategic support. A key aspect of this is a focus on the latest reports, evaluations, prevalence/incidence data, and empirically and evidence based outcome studies. All identified relevant resources are added to our clearinghouse and entered as topical links on our website's Quick Find for ready access.
  • Education Leaders’ Guide to Transforming Student and Learning Supports, published April 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Children's Safety Network (CSN)

  • Children’s Safety Network National Resource Center for Injury and Violence Prevention is dedicated to working with state, territorial and community Maternal & Child Health and Injury & Violence prevention programs to create an environment where all children and youth are safe and healthy. We work with states and territories to infuse knowledge, expertise, and leadership to reduce injury, hospitalization, disability and death for all children and youth.
  • Bullying Prevention

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

  • The mission of CASEL is to establish social and emotional learning (SEL) as an essential part of education. They imagine a world where families, schools, and communities work together to promote children's success in school and life and to support the healthy development of all children.

Colorado Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network

  • The Colorado Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a program to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) and allied students to combat bullying and harassment in their schools.

Colorado Education Initiative

  • Colorado Statewide Blueprint for Bullying Prevention - A Report from the Colorado Bullying Prevention Summit.
  • The report outlines four statewide strategic objectives and provides actionable strategies under each objective that were generated from the dynamic dialogues that occurred during the Summit.  This statewide blueprint is intended to be a living document that can inform ongoing statewide and local school climate and bullying prevention efforts and to inspire creative collaborations and innovative approaches.
  • Safe and Welcoming Schools
  • Safe and Welcoming Schools Resources

Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA)

  • In pursuit of excellence, the Colorado High School Activities Association strives to create a positive and equitable environment in which all qualified student participants are challenged and inspired to meet their highest potential.
  • Sample Anti-Bullying/Harassment Policy 

Community Action Toolkit | en Español

  • Created by StopBullying.Gov, the toolkit includes materials to create a community event using the research, ideas and bullying prevention and response strategies from StopBullying.Gov. Using this Toolkit will help you plan, execute and assess your community event to prevent and stop bullying.

Connect for Respect

  • The National Parent Teachers Association (PTA) has supports for Bully Prevention. This website has resources for PTA leaders, Parent Tip Sheets, resolutions and position statements and resources related to bully prevention.

Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment in our Nation's Classrooms

  • Created by the U.S. Department of Education Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center
  • This training toolkit is made up of two modules that address bullying in classrooms. Specifically, it is designed for trainers to assist teachers in cultivating meaningful relationships with students while creating a positive climate in the classroom.
  • The research-based training gives teachers practical steps to take to respond to bullying. These skills include how to deescalate a situation, find out what happened, and support all of the students involved. The training also shows the importance of building strong relationships in the classroom, as well as creating an environment respectful of diversity, in order to prevent bullying.

Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment on our Nation's School Buses

  • Created by the U.S. Department of Education Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center
  • This site contains a collection of presentations and training materials from national and state leaders, representatives of key education organizations, and other federal agencies who want to improve working conditions for our nation’s school bus drivers, create a safe a respectful environment on our schools buses, and create confidence and partnerships in school with administrators, teachers, parents, students and community members.

Cyberbullying Research Center

Facing History and Ourselves

  • Facing History was founded in 1976 by educators who wanted to develop a more effective and rewarding way to engage students. Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
  • Bullying Resources
  • A Guide to the Film Bully: Fostering Empathy and Action in Schools, helps adult and student audiences confront the stories in this film and explore the meaning for their schools and their wider communities.
  • Safe and Engaging Schools
    • Facing History’s educational model helps students to develop an awareness of the power and danger of prejudice and discrimination, the experience of vulnerable groups in society, and the importance of solving differences through discussion and dialogue, not violence.

Find Youth Info

  • FindYouthInfo.gov was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 18 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth.
  • LGBT Youth
  • Preventing Youth Violence

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

  • GLSEN-the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is a national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Through research-based interventions, GLSEN provides resources and support for schools to implement effective and age-appropriate anti-bullying programs to improve school climate for all students.
  • GLSEN Four-Steps to Create Safe Schools Four research-based recommendations for creating safe schools for LGBT students.
  • 2013 National School Climate Survey Full Report [PDF]
  • Jump-Start Guide for GSAs Provides guidance to GSAs on successful and inclusive organizing practices.
  • Changing the Game, the GLSEN Sports Project
    • The GLSEN Sports Project’s mission is to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
  • Ready, Set, Respect! Elementary School Toolkit, was developed to help elementary educators ensure that all students feel safe and respected and develop respectful attitudes and behaviors. The GLSEN resource provides a set of tools to help educators prepare themselves for teaching about respect to students at the elementary school level.
  • Safe Space Kit: Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students, Research shows that LGBT students with many supportive educators feel safer at school, skip fewer classes, and earn higher grades than students without supportive educators.  The Safe Space Kit is designed to help educators create a safe space for LGBT students.
  • Some Considerations When Working with LGBT Students of Color provides tips for supporting gender minority students of color, who have complex identities and face multiple forms of oppression.

Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Sports Project, Changing the Game

  • The GLSEN Sports Project’s mission is to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Girlshealth.gov

  • The site is developed by the Office on Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services and provides resources on bullying to parents and caregivers.

GroundSpark

Healthy People 2020

  • A service provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Prevent Bullying: Quick Tips for Parents

How Parents, Teachers, and Kids Can Take Action to Prevent Bullying

  • Website with supportive advice offered by the American Psychological Association (APA)

Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

KnowBullying

  • Released August 2014
  • This app for mobile devices was developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help parents address and prevent bullying. It features conversation starters, different tips for preventing bullying among children ages 3-18, warning signs of bullying, reminders to talk to children, social media links, additional resources, and a section for educators.
  • Available for iPhone and Android in English and Spanish.

Law Enforcement and Cyberbullying Fact Sheet

  • Released November 2012 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
  • Contains tips for law enforcement to help prevent and respond to cyberbullying.

Measuring School Climate: A Toolkit for Districts and Schools

  • This toolkit was released in October 2012 through the contributions of individuals serving on the School Climate subcommittee of the Colorado Bullying Prevention Working Group representing critical community stakeholders and educational leadership statewide.
  • Developed by Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Education Initiative (then Colorado Legacy Foundation) with assistance from Colorado School Safety Resource Center and the Gill Foundation.
  • Effective approaches to addressing bullying focus on improving school climate as a key approach to prevent bullying in addition to teaching adults and students skills to appropriately respond to bullying when it occurs. Given the importance of school climate in bullying prevention, it is recommended that districts and schools focus on measuring school climate rather than narrowly focusing on measuring bullying. This toolkit provides guidelines for measuring school climate, assessing readiness, obtaining parent consent, using multiple sources of data to monitor climate, conducting a focus group, communicating your results, and includes a comparison of common climate surveys.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Bullying Prevention Resources

National Bullying Prevention 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.
  • PACER offers digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth, including:
    • PACER.org/Bullying: This is the portal page for parents and educators to access bullying resources, which include educational toolkits, awareness toolkits, contest ideas, promotional products and more.
    • PACER TeensAgainstBullying: Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.
    • PACER KidsAgainstBullying: A creative, innovative and educational website designed for elementary school students to learn about bullying prevention, engage in activities and be inspired to take action.

National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, Promote Prevent

  • The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (National Center) provides training and technical assistance (TA) to Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) and Project LAUNCH grantees. The mission of the National Center is to strengthen grantees’ capacity in achieving their goals by offering services to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of their work.
  • Preventing Bullying

National Eating Disorders Association

  • The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
  • Educator, Coach & Athletic Trainer, and Parent Toolkits
    • NEDA Toolkits are free resources designed to educate on eating disorders. You can also request that a CD-ROM with all three toolkits be sent to a local school or community organization near you.

National Resources Center on Domestic Violence and National Sexual Violence Resource Center

  • Addressing the Gendered Dimensions of Harassment and Bullying: What Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocates Need to Know
  • This paper for the National Resources Center on Domestic Violence and National Sexual Violence Resource Center, based on U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education Study introduces and discusses a recent policy memo from the U.S. Department of Education  that clarifies the distinctions between bullying and harassment and the priorities and responsibilities of school districts, explores the unintended consequences of ignoring the gendered dimensions of bullying and harassment in K-12 schools, and suggests helpful strategies for advocates collaborating with school personnel and students.

One Colorado

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

  • Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy.
  • Support for Families, Friends and Allies

A Parent's Guide to Bullying Prevention

  • This interactive guide on the topics of bullying prevention is part of Parent University, a series of online resources developed by The Partnership for Families & Children. Parent University provides information, tips, and tools that guide parents in effectively supporting their children. A Parent's Guide to Bullying Prevention is the first course in the series.

The Partnership for Families & Children (PFFAC)

  • The Partnership for Families & Children was founded in 1991 as the operating foundation of the Colorado Department of Education. In 1993 we became the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children providing training, technical assistance (TA) and evaluation to five state agencies serving vulnerable families and children. In 2007 a new name, The Partnership for Families & Children, was adopted to better reflect our collaborative approach to serving vulnerable families and children.
  • The mission of The Partnership is to identify, create and support the best programs, policies and practices to improve the health, education and well-being of children and their families. The Partnership “helps the helpers” – strengthening the capacity of nonprofit organizations, schools, and social service agencies so that they can increase their impact.
  • Getting Serious: A Best Practice Approach to Bullying Prevention
    • This course provides an overview of bullying concepts and trends, highlights the links between school climate and bullying, and introduces best practices in bullying prevention. Register for $149.

Policy and Advocacy Resources

  • Study on Bullying Prevention State Laws (2011)
    • A prevention brief from the U.S. Department of Education and National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention
    • To date, 47 states have passed bullying prevention legislation requiring schools to take leadership in addressing this problem.
  • Anti-Bullying Law Toolkit (2009) - Produced by the Anti-Defamation League and provides good resources to make legal and policy changes to prevent bullying.
  • Social and Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention (2009) - Published as a joint document with the Education Development Center, the American Institute for Research, and CASEL, this booklet outlines strategies, research and suggestions to prevent bullying and promote better learning
  • Anti-Bullying State Policy Examples from the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (Dec. 2010)

Preventing Bullying at School en Español

  • Posted September 2012.
  • Radio program on EDUCARadio from Denver Public Schools to provide information to Spanish speaking students and parents.

Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities: Research Report and Recommendations

  • Published by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in February 2013.
  • The goals of this report are:
    • To identify the causes and consequences of bullying in schools, colleges, and universities;
    • To highlight training and technical assistance opportunities so that faculty and staff at all types of educational institutions may effectively address bullying;
    • To evaluate the effectiveness of current anti-bullying policies and bullying prevention programs; and
    • To assess the connections between bullying research and interventions and current and pending legislation.

Safe Schools-Healthy Students Initiative

  • Grant support program from U.S. Department of Education.
  • Through grants made to local education authorities, the SS/HS Initiative provides schools and communities across the United States with the benefit of enhanced school and community-based services in an effort to strengthen healthy child development, thus reducing violent behavior and substance use.
  • The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative: A Legacy of Success, published December 2013
    • Presents findings from a national cross-site evaluation of a program that supports collaborative planning and implementation of programs and services to foster safer schools and healthy students.

 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • NEW Bullying Prevention in Indian Country. Fact sheet with information and resources related to the specific bullying prevention needs for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. Highlighting effective school-based anti-bullying prevention strategies.

vetoviolence.cdc.gov

  • A Federal resource for communities working to prevent violence committed by and against young people.

Sesame Street

  • Sesame Street provides resources for families with young children.
  • Bully Prevention
    • Bullying is a problem many children will face as they grow up. Watch the Good Birds Club with your child to begin a conversation about bullying. Additionally, watch the Happy to Be Me Anti-Bullying Discussion videos for more about recognizing and preventing bullying.

Sexual Harassment among Adolescents of Different Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities

StopBullying.Gov | en Español

Teaching Tolerance

Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying

  • Published July 2013 by the Urban Institute Justice Policy Center
  • The goal of this project was to expand knowledge about the types of violence and abuse experiences youth have via technology (e.g., social networking sites, texting on cell phones), and how the experience of such cyber abuse within teen dating relationships or through bullying relates to other life factors.  The study’s findings showed that more than a quarter (26 percent) of youth in a relationship said they experienced some form of cyber dating abuse victimization in the prior year.  With regard to other findings on bullying experiences, the study showed that one in six youth (17 percent) reported being victims of cyber bullying. Fewer than one in ten youth reported perpetrating cyber bullying in the prior year.

Trans-Youth Education & Support (TYES)

  • TYES is a Colorado-based, state-wide group supporting all gender nonconforming children and their families. TYES is dedicated to helping parents support their gender nonconforming children, and to help families find the information, resources, and the understanding that they need.

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Justice

  • Sextortion Public Service Announcement -90 seconds. This PSA on sextortion warns that anything private shared online could be used against you. If someone demands sexual images from you, stop immediately and report it. For more information, visit ProjectSafeChildhood.gov

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