Bullying has a negative effect on the social environment of schools, creates a climate of fear among students, inhibits the ability to learn, and leads to other antisocial behavior. Other detrimental effects of bullying include an impact on school safety, student engagement, and the overall school environment.
Bullying is dangerous because if left unattended it can rapidly escalate into even more serious violence and abuse. Just as you have gateway drugs, bullying is gateway behavior. Too often it is the first step down the road to one of the tragic incidents of school violence we all have watched in horror on the evening news. This Web site is dedicated to preventing bullying behavior.
It's time to sign up to join us as we offer webinars each month. We have also been approved to offer CEUs for the training if you attend the training live.
Course Description: As the rise in mental health issues grows in today's youth, there is an ever increasing chance you will have a student with mental health struggles in your school. This course will help counselors and other educators know what to do it they are concerned about a student's mental health status; who to talk to about your concern; what to say to the student; and will give warning signs for mental health issues. State-wide resources and some best practices forms will be shared. This training is based on evidence-based training from Lifelines Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid.
Course Description: Many times schools don’t have a crisis team in place and have never thought about it until they are in the middle of a crisis. This training would include how to respond to a tragedy (including suicide, trauma, school violence, community violence, etc.), who should be on a crisis team, and how to work with your community and the OSDE to support your school community. Resources and best practices will be shared with attendees.
Our third webinar will be "Drugs and Alcohol in Schools: What is trending, how to spot it, and what is your role as a counselor" It will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. to sign up to attend virtually with us!
Course Description: As Red Ribbon Week approaches, counselors need all the information they can to share with students, faculty, and staff. Hear from an ABLE Agent on the most current information about drugs and alcohol and learn how to help students in your role as a counselor. Resources will be provided.
While these sessions are in the works, Sutherlin said she is open to other ideas and needs of counselors and other educators. You can contact her at Michelle.Sutherlin@sde.ok.gov or 405-521-2106 for other sessions you would like to see. Or to provide ideas. Sutherlin said she is also available to give in-person professional development on these sessions or others upon request.
September 19, 11 a.m. -
October 3, 3 p.m. -
October 13, 2 p.m. -
November - Bullying Prevention in 2016
January - Working with Students Returning from a Mental Health Crisis
February - Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault
March - How to Build Empathy in the Classroom and Beyond
April - Community Collaboration: How to work with your community to serve your school
May - Engaging Parents in Prevention
Research studies have found that school-based, anti-bullying prevention programs reduced bullying and victimization by an average of 20%. A list of research-based bullying prevention programs examined and approved by federal agencies has been provided in the website below.
Looking for staff development on bullying prevention? The State Department of Education has presentation kits available to check out. The presentation kit helps staff understand how a school-wide program enhances bullying-prevention efforts. This presentation will help you quickly and easily educate school staff on traits and risk factors associated with children who bully, steps they can follow to help prevent bullying, interventions to use when bullying happens, strategies shown not to work well in bullying prevention, and more. Presentation kit includes a PowerPoint, take-home materials, and a leader guide. To check out the presentation kit, please e-mail Michelle Sutherlin.
Looking for parent education on bullying prevention? The State Department of Education has a presentation kit available to check out. Parents gain a better understanding of the pervasiveness and damaging effects of bullying, learn to recognize the signs of bullying, and are prepared to implement effective strategies for preventing physical and emotional intimidation. This interactive presentation gives them the facts about bullying prevention, plus opportunities to learn, create, and practice bullying-prevention solutions they can pass on to their children. Presentation kit includes a PowerPoint presentation, take-home materials, and a leader guide. To check out the presentation kit, please e-mail Michelle Sutherlin.
There are many reliable websites with bullying prevention information and resources. A list of helpful resources for parents, students, and staff has been provided in the website below.
Working together - teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults - to make the Internet a safer place for kids. We must safeguard our children's online experience and provide them with the protection from potential dangers and online predators.
To report any indecent materials or pornography involving children or adolescents online, immediately notify your local FBI office or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.
Test your knowledge of shorthand commonly used online in Instant Messenger and chatrooms.
Online Lingo, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - take the Internet Safety Quiz for Adults or Kids.
Have a question about bullying? The website below will address all of the frequently asked questions from parents, students, and staff members.
The 2015 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS):
The 2012-2013 Annual Incident Report statewide bullying incident totals indicated that:
For additional statistics, the websites listed below include the 2015 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data and Reports, and the 2014 Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA) Survey Results.
This form can be completed when there is a witness to a bullying incident.
Witness Report Form (pdf)
This form can be completed to provide the details of a bullying incident to the district.
Incident Report Form (pdf)
This form can be used to assist districts in investigating reported bullying behaviors.
Investigation Form (pdf)
This form can be used when interviewing students involved in a bullying incident.
Interview Form (pdf)
This letter can be used to notify a district of a bullying incident.
Parent Letter (Word)
This form can be used by students to notify the school of being bullied or harassed.
Student Report Form (pdf)
This document can be used to assess bullying in schools.
Assessment Tools (pdf)
This document can be used to survey school staff regarding bullying prevention.
Staff Survey (Word)
This is a sample student behavior contract.
This is a sample anti-bullying community pledge.
Community Pledge (pdf)
This is a reproducible poster on who to contact in a bullying situation.
Contact Chart (pdf)
This a bullying warning signs reproducible brochure.
Warning Signs Brochure (pdf)
State Department of Education's checkout library with bullying prevention resources.
|Take Action Against Bullying Bookmark||
|Bullying Prevention & Internet Safety|
|Students Against Violence Everywhere|
|A Thin Line|
|Consumer Web Watch|
|A World of Difference Institute, A Classroom of Difference|
|Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)|
|Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights|
|Bullying - National Crime Prevention Council|
|Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre|
|Asperger's and Bullying: An Inclusive Educational Approach|
|Combating Bullying and Cyberbullying|
|Common Sense on Media for Educators|
|Cyberbullying and Internet Harassment|
|Cyberbullying Resource Center|
|Cyberbullying Resource for Parents and Teachers|
|Eyes on Bullying|
|Facebook Safety Center|
|FTC: Computers and the Internet|
|Great Expectations / Eliminate bullying|
|International Bullying Prevention Association|
|It's My Life|
|Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying|
|Make Time To Listen|
|Medline Plus: Bullying|
|NASP Resource Library|
|National Autism Association – Protecting your Child from Bullying|
|National Centre Against Bullying|
|National Crime Prevention Council|
|National Criminal Justice Reference Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Internet Safety Information|
|National Cyber Security Alliance|
|Office of Civil Rights—Prevention of Civil Rights Problems|
|Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center|
|Prevent Cyberbullying and Internet Harassment|
|Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network|
|SAMHSA Bullying App|
|Social Media 101 for Parents|
|Stand for the Silent|
|Stay Safe Online|
|Stop Bullying: Cyberbullying|
|Stop Bullying Now|
|STRYVE: Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere|
|Student Bullying Guide|
|Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)|
|Think U Know|
|Vulnerable Targets: Students with Disabilities and Bullying|
|Webonauts Internet Academy|
|Youth Bullying: What Does the Research Say?|
|Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)|
|Youth Violence Prevention|