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  • Posted: November 29, 2016

    Schools across the U.S. frequently confront the issue of bullying among their student population. However, identifying the nature of a specific bullying problem (including its symptoms and causes) in a given school—and implementing solutions that work—is complicated. While research on evidence-based programs is helpful in guiding school personnel toward solutions that have been shown to work in the past, it sheds little light on how those programs or practices were implemented in schools or on the institutional processes, faculty and student body characteristics that made them work.

    The new School-based Bullying Prevention I-Guide (short for implementation Guide) from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention aims to fill that gap. The newest feature of OJJDP’s... Continue Reading

    Posted in Prevention
  • Posted: June 27, 2016

    Bullying has long been viewed as a rite of passage for young people today. But bullying is not a normal part of adolescence and is now appropriately considered to be a serious public health problem with long-term consequences. According to national surveys, the prevalence of bullying in schools ranges from 18-31 percent of school children. In recent years technology has allowed for an additional type of aggression—cyberbullying—which takes place through social media, instant messaging, and other forms of digital communication, with data showing that the prevalence of cyber victimization ranges from 7-15 percent of youth.

    Recognizing these public health concerns, a group of federal agencies and philanthropic partners asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine   to appoint a committee of experts to review the wealth of research on bullying that is now available and identify what else must be done to better understand and reduce bullying... Continue Reading

  • Posted: November 5, 2014
    kid alone in school hallway

    Bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated. The sad reality, though, is that bullying persists in our schools today, especially for America's 6.75 million students with disabilities in our public schools.  Bullying raises civil rights concerns under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which are two federal laws that prohibit disability discrimination. 

    The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigates and resolves complaints of disability discrimination at public schools. OCR recently issued guidance to public schools (available in Spanish) to help... Continue Reading

    Posted in Specific Groups
  • Posted: September 3, 2014
    Bullying, Harassment, and Civil Rights Video
    http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/aI1tdJPHz2I

    Stopbullying.gov is excited to announce a new video resource: Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights: An Overview of School Districts’ Federal Obligation to Respond to Harassment. This video has been developed as part of collaboration among the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services. 

    The video explains schools’ obligations under federal civil rights laws to respond to... Continue Reading

  • Posted: June 17, 2013
    Child attending public school

    In Howard County, Maryland, we knew we needed to tackle bullying and cyber-harassment, after a few serious incidents focused our attention and raised awareness of these problems in our community. We examined current laws and discussed whether to push for new state legislation. We looked at how our public schools collect reports of bullying and later, how they handle them.

    After much study and discussion, we decided on a multi-faceted approach that brings together a variety of community partners and offers a comprehensive way forward.  We announced our plan on May 1 and now, are looking forward to seeing the results.

    The plan involves three parts:

    First, we want to change what people think and feel about bullying. We will develop a social marketing campaign to make sure adults and children know about the severe effects of bullying and what to do when it occurs.... Continue Reading
    Posted in Response
  • Posted: November 27, 2012

    Bullying takes many forms. It happens in many contexts. Because bullying is complex, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for it.

    “Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together” (SPIRIT ) is a service program that CRS delivers to schools across the nation. The program helps schools prevent bullying by focusing on the social tension and conflict that can lead to it, including:

    Creating a space for teachers, students, and parents to build understanding and trust through discussion Assessing a school’s social climate to see what the general thoughts are on bullying

    The Community Relations Services (CRS), part of the Department of Justice, serves as “America’s Peacemaker.” They are working with communities to build understanding and trust through conversation.

    CRS has offices across the country. These offices employ “... Continue Reading

    Posted in Prevention
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