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Pennsylvania Proclaims October as Bullying Prevention Month
Advocates rally at the Pennsylvania state capitol
On October 15, advocates for bullying prevention gathered at the Pennsylvania state capitol to take a stand for the commonwealth’s 1.7 million students as Governor Wolf proclaimed October as Bullying Prevention Month. Students, parents, teachers, law enforcement, legislators and community partners rallied in support of bullying prevention efforts.
Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit
The Center for Safe Schools and the Highmark Foundation proudly announce the launch of the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit, a website that provides centralized, authoritative, easy-to-use information, tools and best practices to help families, schools and communities recognize, understand and prevent bullying and support children affected by it.
This new online toolkit ensures that parents have a fast-track to meeting needs when bullying occurs. It includes specific information about how to differentiate between bullying and conflict, how to respond to cyberbullying and potential legal implications of bullying-type behaviors. It contains a guide for connecting children to relevant assistance, a sample letter informing the school of a bullying incident, and a list of vetted resources on bullying intervention and support.
The toolkit provides valuable information for educators and others working with youth, including health care professionals, coaches and after school staff. It is especially valuable to schools that do not have bullying prevention programs in place and to agencies typically called upon in crisis situations. Related tip-sheets and guides are free and downloadable.
Bullying Prevention Research Symposium Proceedings Paper
Convened by the Center for Safe Schools and the Highmark Foundation, the Bullying Prevention Research Symposium was held in April 2018 to engage stakeholders in reflecting on progress made in Pennsylvania's bullying prevention efforts during the past decade. Representatives from the education, health care and justice sectors, policy-makers, researchers, prevention program providers and grant-makers reviewed recent developments in the field and identified priorities for the future. This proceedings paper summarizes the workgroup discussions, common themes and identifies seven recommendations for advancing bullying prevention in the commonwealth.
Cumberland Valley School District's It Takes One (ITO) Club Featured on Cyberbullying Research Center Site
Geraldine Johnson, OBPP Trainer and Behavior Support Specialist at Cumberland Valley School District, continues to work with students to make a difference in bullying prevention at her school. With the development of the high school’s ITO club and diligent work in educating students, staff and parents in the area of bullying prevention, Geraldine continues to make a huge difference in the lives of children. More
- U.S. Department of Education Released Additional Information On Schools’ Responsibilities To Address Bullying
- Teaching Tolerance Guide Helps Educators “Speak Up at School” Against Bias and Bullying
- Kindness Boosts Student Popularity, Study Shows
- Suicide and Bullying
- ASCD Publication on Harassment, Bullying and Free Expression
- Laws Require Internet Safety Education in Schools that Receive E-Rate Funds
- Federal Government Evaluates Bullying Laws
- Teaching Tolerance: Bully at the Blackboard
- Sesame Street: The Good Birds Club
- Stop Bullying Now! Youth Action Video
- School Bus Driver Training
- United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Guidance on Issues of Harassment and Bullying
- Study Finds Most Bullying Not Reported; Reporting More Likely When Physical Harm Involved
- PA CARES: Bullying Prevention in Pennsylvania Schools