Bullying

5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Child
The KidsHealth website offers some great tips on how to help your child become bully-proof.

Bullying:  Tips for Parents – Mental Health America
Great bullying prevention tips and a fact sheet on bullying.

Cyber-Bullying
Tips on what to do if you are being cyber-bullied.

Cyberbullying Research Center
A great website for Parents, Educators, and Teens to get information on cyberbullying.

Effective Evidence-based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying
A 7-page guide to Effective Evidence-based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying.

Kids Against Bullying
A very child-friendly interactive website specifically for children to understand what is bullying, being the target of bullying, being a bully and how you can help.

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
A website that provides lots of information on a safe school including bullying and cyberbullying issues.

Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center
A website with a wealth of information for students, parents, and educators on bullying prevention.

Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center – Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities
Resources and Information on Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities.

Parent Guide to Bullying
Bullying is a main source of violence in school. Parents play a vital role in recognizing signs, supporting courage, and helping their child.

StopBullying.Com
A website with information for parents, educators, communities, teens, and kids to stop bullying.

Teens Against Bullying
A great interactive website specifically for teens to understand the impact of bullying.

Teens Talk About Bullying
A short video on TeensHealth website with teens talking candidly about being bullied.

The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide:  What We Know and What it Means for Schools
The purpose of this document is to provide concrete, action-oriented information based on the latest science to help school administrators, teachers, and school staff improve your schools’ understanding of and ability to prevent and respond to the problem of bullying and suicide-related behavior.

What Are Public Schools Required to Do When Students with Disabilities are Bullied?
A fact sheet with resources and expectations of how bullying should be handled in public schools when students with disabilities are involved.

What Parents Can Do About Childhood Bullying
If you’re a parent concerned about bullying, it’s important to recognize the signs that a child is a bully, as well as the signs of one who is being victimized. This website will give you great signs and symptoms of bullying.

Bullying Links from the Louisiana Department of Education – LDE

Louisiana Department of Education Bullying Prevention Toolkit
Resources to assist school districts in preventing and ending bullying.

Bullying Prevention Programs
Below is a list of Bullying Prevention Programs that can be used in schools and communities.

Links to Dear Colleague Letters

In 2000, a Dear Colleague letter was sent to school districts nationwide from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) that defined the term “disability harassment.” The letter also explained that bullying based on disability may violate civil rights laws enforced by OCR as well as interfere with a student’s receipt of special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/disabharassltr.html

In 2010, another Dear Colleague letter from the Office for Civil Rights was issued that reminded school districts of their responsibilities under civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and religion.
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.html

A 2013 Dear Colleague letter and Effective Evidence-based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying  by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) clarifies that when the bullying of a student with a disability results in the student not receiving meaningful educational benefit under IDEA, the school must remedy the problem, regardless of whether the bullying was based on the student’s disability.
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/bullyingdcl-8-20-13.pdf
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/bullyingdcl-enclosure-8-20-13.pdf

A 2014 Dear Colleague letter from the Office for Civil Rights states that bullying of any kind, not just on the basis of a student’s disability, may result in a violation of FAPE, and reiterates schools’ responsibilities to address behavior that may result in violations of FAPE or disability-based harassment.
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-bullying-201410.pdf