Bullying has everyone worried, not just the people on its receiving end. We’ve gathered a collection of articles to address many different areas of bullying. Each weblink we have listed is part of a larger website that might be helpful for you to check out. Two great resources that are worth exploring in depth are Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the federal govenment’s website Stop Bullying.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones and computers as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
No single factor puts a child at risk of being bullied or bullying others, but there are risk factors to consider.
- Children at Risk of Being Bullied, Children More Likely to Bully Others, Bullying and LGBT Youth, Bullying and Youth with Disabilities , Teachers Who Bully
How you respond can make an impact on bullying over time. These articles can help you decide what to do.
- What To Do If Your Child IS the Bully, Be More Than A Bystander, Advice for Teens, How to Talk with Educators
When the bullying is based on the child’s disability, federal laws can also apply under Section 504, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Americans with Disabilities Act. Parents should contact school staff each time their child informs them that he or she has been bullied. PACER Center has created template letters that parents may use as a guide for writing a letter to their child’s school ( IEP or Section 504).
- Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities
- Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying
- The IEP and Bullying
- Dear Colleague Letter from Office of Civil Rights
Michigan specific information:
- Michigan State Board of Education: Policy on Bullying
- Michigan State Board of Education: Model Anti-Bullying Policy
- MDE: Bullying Guidance
- Michigan Passes Anti-Bullying Legislation- Matt’s Safe School Law (12-2011)