Bullying is one of the most serious and pervasive problems facing our schools. Bullying is when a vulnerable person is repeatedly hurt, threatened or tormented by an individual or group with more power, either in terms of physical strength or social standing. Being bullied verbally or physically can be a painful ordeal. Bullying can leave lasting scars that affect learning is a negative way and in some cases, life-long consequences. Victims of bullying may experience low self-esteem, depression and even suicidal thoughts.
There are two main reasons people are bullied: appearance and social status. Bullies often pick on people they think don't fit in, maybe because of how they look, how they act (for example, kids who are shy and withdrawn), their race or religion, or simply because the bullies think their target may different.
- BullyingInfo.org - website with links to specific target audiences (youth, parents & caregivers, educators, and health and mental health providers) providing strategies for intervening with bullying. Other links list evidence-based programs, effective strategies, cautions of what not to do, bullying research, and federal data on bullying. The website includes YouTube presentations on bullying by President Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Sibelius, and Secretary of State Clinton.
- Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use - provides curricula, articles and reports providing guidance to schools responding to cyberbullying and other inappropriate uses of technology. It also presents strategies for addressing cyberbullying, cyberthreats, and other inappropriate uses of technology.
- Parent's Guide to Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats - This fourteen page downloadable document provides information for parents to understand cyberbullying and cyberthreats, strategies for preventing their children's involvement, and measures to take to intervene with their children's victimization.
- Cyberbully NOT: Student's Guide to Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats - This six page downloadable document targets school-aged children and youth to prevent cyberbullying and provides strategies for appropriately responding to cyberbullying.
- NetCetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online - This fifty-four page downloadable document, developed through a collaboration of twelve federal agencies, provides point-by-point descriptions of inappropriate internet use and strategies to counteract the impact.
- Teen Online & Wireless Safety Survey - This website, sponsored by Cox Communications, provides data from a nationwide survey of students aged thirteen through eighteen. The fifty-nine page report provides detailed findings related to technology use, cyberbullying, other inappropriate uses of technology and parental controls.
- iKeepSafe is a coalition of government, public health, education, law enforcement and technology industry professionals who provide information and tools for the safe and healthy use of the Internet and other technologies.
- Cyberbullying.us - This website provides factsheets, video instruction, news bulletins, and other resources to reduce cyberbullying.
- i SAFE is a non-profit foundation that incorporates classroom curriculum with community outreach to empower students, parents, educators, and law enforcement to make the internet safer.
- OnGuard Online - practical information from the federal government and the technology industry to help prevent internet fraud, secure computers and protect personal information.
- 2010 State K-12 Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and Cybersecurity Curriculum in the U.S. Survey - This survey of school administrators, technology coordinators and teachers gauges the degree to which students receive adequate instruction in the safe, secure, and responsible use of cyberspace.
Some facts about bullying
- 1 in 3 students are involved in bullying either as a bully or a victim.
- 15-20% of all students are bullied at some point in their school career.
- Bullying will typically stop within 10 seconds if someone intervenes.
- About 10% of students are afraid much of the school day.