The epidemic of bullying is challenging schools, communities and families to come up with strategies and solutions that will reduce the trajectory of this growing violence. The health consequences of bullying are significant, for the aggressor as well as for the victim, including a significantly increased risk for depressive symptoms and suicidal rates of three to four times for students who are bullied.
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Check out the resources we have prepared. Let us know if there are others you find helpful so we can keep this as up-to-date as possible for schools, communities and families.
Other Web Sources
Massachusetts Students: What to Do If You're Being Bullied, GLAD, May 2010: "If you are being bullied and your school is not protecting you, your school is not following the law." Despite the title, this publication doesn't provide "what to do" advice, but does provide a great summary of the law's key points.
Bullying, UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools. An extensive list of links to resources on bullying for teachers, parents, law enforcement, and anyone else interested in the topic. Great resource!
Cyberbullying, Mass. Attorney General. Suggests "Advise your child that cyberbullying may be a criminal offense. Electronically-communicated threats and willfully and maliciously directing electronic communications at a specific person that seriously alarm that person and would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress are crimes."
Direct From the Field: A Guide to Bullying Prevention, Mass. Dept. of Public Health. This 123-page publication has been provided to every school districts in Massachusetts. The guide is intended to help schools develop bullying-prevention programs.
Eyes on Bullying Toolkit, Education Development Center, Newton, MA. A 43-page Toolkit "designed especially for caregivers and parents of preschool and school-age children and youth to use in child care programs, afterschool and youth programs, and camps." Their website also provides a wealth of information on bullying (and cyber-bullying), as well as free "Teleseminars" and podcasts.
Model Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan under M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education. "We recommend that districts and schools use this model plan as a blueprint for developing their own plans that align with their individual school climate initiatives and needs." Model plan is in both PDF and Word formats.
Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students was founded in 1993 by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth. Responding to evidence indicating increased levels of suicidality and other risk behaviors among gay and lesbian students, the Safe Schools Program provides a range of services designed to help schools implement Chapter 76, Section 5 (the Massachusetts Student Anti-Discrimination Law), the State Board of Education's Recommendations on the Support and Safety of Gay and Lesbian Students, and the Access to Equal Educational Opportunity Regulations (603 CMR 26.00).
Sample Civil Rights Policy, Massachusetts Attorney General. Designed to assist schools and educators "to protect all members of a school community, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or disability. Adopting it will promote educational equity and school safety."
Stop Bullying Now! Campaign - a website providing information about bullying and what you can do to stop it. There are games, cartoon Webisodes to teach about Bullying and ways to stop it.
Student Reports of Bullying: Results From the 2001 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, US Dept. of Education, 2005. Statistical analysis of bullying in US schools.
Attorney Martha Coakley – website on Cyberbullying
Anti-Defamation League of New England. Offer cyber-bullying workshops for faculty and parents and they can develop a workshop for a student assembly. There is a negotiable fee.
Community Matters collaborate with schools and communities to engage, equip and empower young people to become change agents and peacemakers especially through their Safe School Ambassadors Program
ICAC Task Force. "Created to help State and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or other computer technology to sexually exploit children. The program is currently composed of 59 regional Task Force agencies and is funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office Of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention." See also: Massachusetts ICAC Task Force.
Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State College "has comprehensive and free education, online, print, and research resources. We offer programs around the state (at no cost to schools who request them) and conduct research on bullying and cyberbullying. There are free downloads and comprehensive lists of other resources."
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education - Website on bullying links and resources.
The National School Safety Center serves as an advocate for safe, secure and peaceful schools worldwide and as a catalyst for the prevention of school crime and violence. NSSC provides school communities and their school safety partners with quality information, resources, consultation, and training services. The National School Safety Center identifies and promotes strategies, promising practices and programs that support safe schools for all students as part of the total academic mission.
Bullying and Social Aggression, by Steve Breakstone and Michael Drieblatt. Lorman Education Services, 2007.
"Columbine Fallout: The Long-Term Effects on Free Expression Take Hold in Public Schools, by Robert D. Richards and Clay Calvert, 83 B.U. Law Rev. 1089, 2003. Also available online to library card holders through Hein Online.
Empowering Schools, Communities and Families to Stop Bullying, proceedings from the June 8, 2010 conference, Includes shopping guide for programs, services and curriculums and other resources
"Fighting Back Against 'Bullying' in the Workplace," by Noah Schaffer, Mass. Lawyers Weekly, January 8, 2007. (2007 WLNR 1250779)
School Law Guide: Legal Compliance Made Simple, NBI, 2007.
School Law in Massachusetts, by Rhoda E. Schneider, MCLE loose-leaf. Includes a sample anti-harassment policy for schools.