Bullying

Resources from the T/TA Network & Children’s Bureau

Resources & Publications

  • Bullying and the Child Welfare System 
    This NRCPFC information packet provides information and statistics on bullying, including cyber bullying and bullying pertaining to LGBTQ youth.  It explores characteristics of individuals who bully and are being bullied, explains why bullying is an important and relevant topic in child welfare, and offers steps to helping youth who are being bullied.  An array of additional resources is also provided. (Revised February 2013)
  • Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones: The Bio-Psycho-Social Consequences of LGBT Bullying
    In this PowerPoint Presentation by Dr. Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, Director of the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC), information is provided on bullying, focusing on LGBTQ youth, and includes discussion of the impact of bullying and harassment on the education and mental health of LGBTQ youth.  It provides information on how to help youth, as well as additional resources.  This PowerPoint was presented on March 14, 2011 at the Dominican College Social Work Program Community Day Event. (Updated June 2011)

Resources from Collaborating Organizations

Evidence-Based Practice, Research, and Reports

  • The Relationship Between Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide
    The Journal of Adolescent Health has developed this online supplement containing nine articles examining the relationship between bullying and suicide among youth. This supplement reports on the findings of an expert panel that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention convened on the latest research linking youth involvement in bullying—as victims, perpetrators, or both—with suicide-related behaviors. Three of the key findings were: (1) Bullying among youth is a significant public health problem. (2) There is a strong association between bullying and suicide-related behaviors, but this is often mediated by other factors, including depression and delinquency. (3) Public health strategies can be applied to the prevention of bullying and suicide. (July 2013)

  • Bullying in Schools: An Overview
    The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice, released this bulletin, which examines the connection between different types and frequencies of bullying, truancy, and student achievement and whether students’ engagement in school mediates these factors.  It discusses the results of three studies conducted in 2007 at the National Center for School Engagement and compares these results with those from a Swedish study.  The authors conclude that victimization in the form of bullying can distance students from learning.  Schools can overcome this negative effect if they adopt strategies that engage students in their work, creating positive learning environments that produce academic achievement. (December 2011)
  • Bullying and Peer Victimization Among Children With Special Health Care Needs
    This study in the journal Pediatrics looks at the relationship between bullying, being bullied or being a bully/victim, and having special health care needs.  In adjusted analyses, children with special health care needs were significantly more likely to be bullied than children without special health care needs, but not more likely to bully other children or be a bully/victim.  One exception was children with behavioral, emotional, or developmental problems, which were associated with a significantly increased risk of bullying other children.  Children with special health needs who were in this subgroup and also had a functional limitation had an increased risk of being a bully/victim. (2006)

Resources & Publications

  • Need to Know Series: Bullying
    This Youth in Progress pamphlet was developed by the Professional Development Program, Rockefeller College, University at Albany through the Research Foundation of the State University of New York under a training and administrative services agreement with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.  It provides information and advice for individuals who have been bullied, think they are currently being bullied, or engaging in bullying behavior. (July 2011)
  • Measuring Bullying Victimization, Perpetration, and Bystander Experiences: A Compendium of Assessment Tools 
    Published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention, this compendium was developed to provide researchers, prevention specialists, and health educators with 33 measures that can be used to assess a range of bullying experiences.  Information gathered through these measures can be used in designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions aimed at preventing bullying. (2011) 
  • CyberBullying: A Guide for Parents  
    Developed by the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, this resource is designed to help parents learn what cyberbullying is and how to prevent it. (2008)
  • What If Your Child IS the Bully?
    This information sheet from the Pacer Center helps parents determine bullying patterns in their children to detect if their child is bullying others. Children who bully suffer, in addition to harming those they target. They are significantly more likely than others to lead lives marked by school failure, depression, violence, crime, and other problems. This resource offers information on how to help your child stop bullying. (2005)
  • 15+ Make Time to Listen, Time to Talk... About Bullying 
    As part an initiative to promote healthy child development and prevent youth and school-based violence, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, developed these printable cards to be used to as conversation starters about bullying and bullying prevention.  Parents and caregivers are encouraged to spend at least 15 minutes a day listening and talking to their children to prevent youth violence. (2003)
  • Stop Cyber Bullying Before It Starts
    This publication from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPA) gives an overview of cyber bullying along with suggestions for parents about what they can do to address the problem and help teens being bullied.  The resource also includes information on how community members, including educators, law enforcement, and community leaders, can prevent cyber bullying. 

Toolkits

  • Eyes on Bullying...What Can You Do?
    Developed by the Education Development Center, this toolkit aims to prevent bullying in children's lives by offering a variety of tools to help parents and caregivers understand bullying in a new way, re-examine their knowledge and beliefs about bullying, and shape the beliefs and behaviors of the children in their care. (2008)
  • Refugee Children in U.S. Schools: A Toolkit for Teachers and School Personnel
    “Immigrant bullying” is bullying that targets another’s immigrant status or family history of immigration in the form of taunts and slurs, derogatory references to the immigration process, physical aggression, social manipulation, or exclusion because of immigration status.  This toolkit from Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (BRYCS) defines immigrant bullying, identifies the effects of bullying, and offers possible prevention tips.

Websites

  • Stop Bullying Now
    This campaign -- "Take A Stand. Lend A Hand. Stop Bullying Now!" -- is designed to stop bullying, including verbal or physical harassment that occurs repeatedly over time, that is intended to cause harm, and that involves an imbalance of power between the child who bullies and the child who is bullied. The website, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provides information and resources on: recognizing warning signs and taking action, tips and strategies for addressing and preventing bullying, implementing interventions, and State laws on bullying. 
  • Bullying.org
    Bullying.org is dedicated to increasing the awareness of bullying, as well as preventing, resolving, and eliminating bullying in society.
  • Cyberbullying Research Center
    The CyberBullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.
  • It Gets Better Project 
    In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, syndicated columnist and author, Dan Savage, wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does get better. By November 2010, the It Gets Better Project turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring nearly 10,000 user-created videos and over 30 million views on YouTube.
  • Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center
    The goal of MARC is to bring low- or no-cost services to K-12 education, law enforcement, and other professional caregivers for children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Services include school programs, conferences, workshops, consultation, and research, in the area of bullying prevention, cyberbullying education and prevention, and violence prevention.
  • NetSmartz Workshop- Cyberbullying
    NetSmartz Workshop is a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that provides interactive and educational resources about safe technology usage aimed at children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement.  Cyberbullying is among the many issues that NetSmartz addresses.
  • Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying 
    PACER Center’s National Center for Bullying Prevention launched an innovative bullying prevention resource where teens can become a powerful part of the movement to end bullying.  Teens themselves participated in the creative process of developing the site.  Through videos, blogs, and social networking, the sites resounding message is the end of bullying begins with you.
  • Youth Communication- Bullying and Online Abuse
    Youth Communication aims to help marginalized youth develop their full potential through reading and writing, and publishes true stories by youth that are developed in a rigorous writing program.  YCteen and Represent are both programs of Youth Communication.  Various topics affecting youth are discussed, including the issue of bullying:
    • Teens Talk about Online Abuse
      The media has extensively covered stories of youth driven to desperation and even suicide by online taunts and aggression.  Here, YCteen writers discuss their own experiences and views of cyber abuse.
    • Bullying
      Youth share their stories about bullying in YC teen and Represent (written by and for youth in foster care).

Last updated 10/7/13