Let's partner to stop bullying
October is National Bullying Awareness Month. Because we care about students, we want them to be physically, socially, emotionally, and academically safe. That's a primary reason why so many teachers and other experts are focusing on issues related to bullying. We also know that students learn best and achieve their full potential when they feel secure.
In recent years, more adults have recognized the importance of ensuring a safe and positive school environment and have stepped up efforts to eliminate the threat of bullying.
Teachers and education support professionals, through their organization, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, have developed a comprehensive toolkit with articles, specific tips, and resources for parents, educators, and community members so we can all work as partners to understand and positively confront bullying.
Bullying Prevention Resources:
- Parents, beware of bullying on sites you've never seen (CNN.com)
- PSEA Testimony: President Mike Crossey - Public hearing on bullying and cyberbullying prevention
- Common Views and Myths about Bullying (PACER Action Center)
- Record Keeping and Bullying (National Alliance for Parent Centers)
- Steps to Take if Your Child is Being Bullied at School (PACER Action Center)
- Talking with Your Child About Bullying (National Alliance for Parent Centers)
- Student Action Plan Against Bullying (PACER)
- Is Your Child Being Bullied in Cyberspace? (PACER)
- What if Your Child IS the Bully? (PACER)
- Dear Colleague Letter from U.S. Office of Civil Rights
- Notifying School Administrators of Harassment Concerns (PACER)
- Notifying the School about a Bullying Incident (PACER)
- The IEP and Bullying (PACER)
- Telling Classmates about Your Child's Disability May Foster Acceptance (PACER)
- Parents' Role in Bullying and Intervention (NEA)
- PSEA Voice: The changing face of bullying and Tips for dealing with today's bullies (February 2011)
Despite its long-time prevalence, bullying has become an increasingly difficult issue facing our schools, teachers, parents, and students, as bullying incidents continue to grow in number and complexity.
- Bully Free: It Starts With Me
NEA, through its Bully Free: It Starts With Me campaign, is asking you to be that caring adult. Just take the pledge - to listen to bullied students who approach you and take action to stop the bullying. In return, NEA will provide you with free resources to help you support these students.
U.S. Department of Education website for schools, students, and parents.
Interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America - uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the internet.
Want to participate in No Name Calling Week this year? Find resources here.